Netflix Fears the Internet Could Become Like Cable TV

A fight between CBS and Time Warner Cable last year blacked out channels for millions of consumers. Subscribers to small cable providers lost access to Viacom channels earlier this year. Those blackouts could be a preview of the Internet’s future, Netflix’s top lobbyist warned during a panel discussion Wednesday. Christopher Libertelli said federal regulators should intervene or the Internet service providers could “turn the Internet into more of a cable television system.” Just like in the cable TV industry, disputes between video websites and Internet service providers could keep customers from watching the shows they want, he warned. – Brendan Sasso, National Journal