- FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, in response to a question about whether ISPs should be allowed to charge service providers who are "data hogs" extra: "I think that we're seeing the market evolve in such a way that there will be variations in pricing, there will be variations in service ... Netflix (NFLX -0.9%) might say, 'I'll pay in order to make sure that my subscriber might receive the best possible transmission.'"
- At the same time, Wheeler, who has previously worked as the CEO for both the U.S. cable and wireless industries' top trade groups, says he supports net neutrality, and is opposed to allowing ISPs to block/limit services.
- Many Web giants, including Google and Facebook, are already paying U.S. ISPs to directly connect to their networks (and thus improve the speed/reliability of user connections). But Netflix has held off, reportedly out of fear of setting a precedent. The company has instead focused on partnering with ISPs (provided they're willing to do so) to build out its Open Connect CDN.
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FCC chairman suggests Netflix could pay ISPs to improve service quality
Dec 4 2013, 14:11 ET