Sony Electronics' Glasgow to FCC: net neutrality is good for Sony products
Stan Glasgow, the head of Sony Electronics, says the company has hundreds of gadgets, computers, televisions and game consoles at stake in the net neutrality debate.
During a visit with the editorial board and reporters at The Washington Post last Friday, Glasgow said that if new rules aren’t adopted, Internet service providers could decide to give preferential speeds to certain content. That could create confusion and frustration among users and slow sales of his products.
“We’re just at the tip of the iceberg in terms of seeing demands for what people will want over broadband,” Glasgow said. While in Washington, he visited members of the Federal Communications Commission to talk about the proposed open Internet rules, which would force Internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast to treat access to certain Web sites equally.
Sony Electronics is part of the Open Internet Coalition, a group that comprises public internet groups and Web applications firms like Vuze and Google.
“What people want to do is to choose from a variety of consumer electronics and when they connect, they want to have a predictable and reliable experience,” Glasgow said.
Sony Electronics, the U.S. consumer products division of Tokyo-based Sony Corp., is placing a big bet on televisions this year. It announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it will release nine 3-D television models and a Blue-Ray player. It expects in the year ending March 2013, it will make $11 billion off of 3-D products.
Glasgow said he isn’t looking for strict definitions in the rules unless they give carriers some leeway to provide managed or premium services. He said deals with other businesses to provide premium channels and services could be a good way for carriers make more money and then reinvest into expanding and improving their networks.
FCC chair Julius Genachowski’s push for new net neutrality rules appears in jeopardy, as a federal appeals court casts doubt on the agency’s authority over broadband Internet services. As a result, new rules could be delayed, analysts said.
“In that case, we would alternate our planning to focus on other parts of the world,” Glasgow said.
January 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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