Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

December 16, 2015
Ms. Kathryn A. Zachern
Senior Vice President, Regulatory and State Legislative Affairs
Comcast Corporation
300 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 2000 1-2030

RE: Comcast's Stream TV Service
Dear Ms. Zachern,
I am writing to inquire about Comcast's Stream TV service. As we understand it, Stream TV is
an add-on streaming video service available to those customers that subscribe to XFINITY Internet (i.e.,
customers with broadband Internet access service from Comcast). According to Comcast's website,
"Stream TV data usage will not be counted towards [the] XFTNITY Internet monthly data usage" that
may otherwise apply to XFINITY Internet customers in their use of streaming video services) We
understand Stream TV is currently being piloted in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan,
and New Hampshire, and that Comcast plans to extend the service throughout Comcast's entire footprint
in 2016.2
As you may be aware, concerns about the manner in which Comcast offers this service have been
expressed. For example, the CEO of Sling TV has suggested Comcast data usage allowances and the
inapplicability of those usage allowances to the Stream TV raises "level playing field" concerns.3 Others
have suggested that Stream TV is a "new way[] to deliver services that get around the FCC's net
neutrality guidelines."4 On the other hand, Comcast suggests that Stream TV is an "IP cable service" that
"doesn't fall under net-neutrality regulations in any case."5

Stream TV-- only from XFINJTY: Frequently Asked Questions, Corncast, http://customer.xfin itv.corn/helporUcabIe-t/stre-is (last visited Dec. 9, 2015).
2 Id.; Press Release, Introducing a New Streaming TV Service from Comcast,
Corncast (July 12, 2015),
Stephen Lovely, Interview: Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV CordCutting.corn (Dec. 7, 2015),
Zach Epstein, Is Corn cast's new Stream TV service as bad as it seems for net neutrality? No, it's even worse, BGR
(Dec. 1, 2015),
John D. McKinnon, Net Neutrality Proponents Warn ofLoopholes, Wall Street Journal (Dec. 13, 2015),

We want to ensure that we have all the facts to understand how this service relates to the
Commission's goal of maintaining a free and open Internet while incentivizing innovation and investment
from all sources. We would also like to hear from you any additional perspectives you'd like to share
about changes in the Internet ecosystem as a whole. To assist us in this review, we request that Comcast
make available relevant technical and business personnel for discussions about the service with FCC staff,
no later than January 15, 2016.
Please contact me with any questions and to arrange a mutually agreeable time for conversations
on this topic.

Matthew S. DelNero
Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Federal ColTimunications Commission