Netflix Reportedly Enters Paid Deal With Comcast To End Slowdown Standoff
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For the most part, websites have always enjoyed a practice of Net Neutrality, where all services were given the same bandwidth. However, recent court challenges threatened the future of Net Neutrality, giving Internet providers like Verizon and Comcast the opportunity for potentially lucrative new payment schemes.
Critics worry that this kind of pay-for-service will erode the meritocracy of the Internet. “Absent net neutrality, the Internet could turn into a high-priced private toll road that would be inaccessible to the next generation of visionaries,” wrote President Obama’s Senior Technology Advisor, Todd Park, about the White House’s commitment to net neutrality.
The deal between Comcast and Netflix, which has supposedly been in the works for “more than a year”, may be legally outside of the traditional net neutrality rules.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering how to advance net neutrality and it’s unclear if they’ll find a way would prevent more deals like the one reportedly inked between Netflix and Comcast. Certainly, this will ramp up the political pressure to find some kind of solution to balance network congestion and open Internet access.
Verizon and Comcast really do seem like the bad guys.
it is fun cheering for good guys, right? besides hitting phone companies with WhatsApp disrupting SMS dollars...how else can their business model be disrupted today?
Google Fiber is doing its best to disrupt the big beast: bandwidth charges.
If we could invent a device that everyone could buy to become "mini-ISP's" that peer with each other then we wouldn't need to go through the carriers anymore. I think that's the holy grail.
Stacey from Gigaom about why the Netflix-Comcast deal is still troubling:
do you think there could be a class-action lawsuit brought against some of these companies? If there no competition in a given area, what other course is there? (yes, there is always no internet)
There could be a lawsuit but it looks like Netflix is going to try to just negotiate with each of them instead.