Cuban Predicts ‘Net Neutrality’ Will Only Help Comcast

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Cable companies like Comcast (CMCSA) have been among the most vigorous opponents of the so-called “net neutrality” plan the Federal Communications Commission unveiled this week. So who will be the big beneficiaries of the new rules, which prevent broadband carriers from favoring certain types of content over others? Why, cable companies like Comcast, of course.

That’s according to Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner, HDNet founder and self-styled commentator on all things technological. I spoke to Cuban on Wednesday at the Times Center in New York, where he spoke on a panel about “the Future of Media” as part of Advertising Week. Cuban’s prediction that Comcast will get a big boost from net neutrality struck me as counter intuitive, so I cornered him afterwards and asked him to elaborate.

Cuban told me to picture the internet data pipeline as Fifth Avenue: Take away the special lanes for bikes and buses, take away the cops directing traffic flow, and everything gets very, very slow. Even now, he says, watching relatively low-quality videos on YouTube often requires a pause for buffering. More…