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FCC to review Netflix's peering deals

  • The FCC wants more details about Netflix's (NFLX +0.6%) direct peering deals with the likes of Comcast and Verizon to gauge their impact, chairman Tom Wheeler states before Congress. "We are looking under the hood."
  • Reed Hastings has made it clear he views the deals, which in some cases have led to much better streaming speeds for customers, as a necessary evil, and has called for tougher neutrality laws that would make them unnecessary.
  • As recent data shows, Netflix speeds still vary considerably from one ISP to another.
  • Wheeler's remarks come after a month after he pushed through a neutrality proposal that could open the door to pay-for-priority deals between ISPs and content providers for the last mile, albeit while also seeking comment on whether such deals (fiercely opposed by neutrality advocates) should be banned.
  • Traditional Netflix peering provider Cogent (CCOI +0.9%) loses out when Netflix strikes direct peering deals.
Comments (3)
  • Sakelaris
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    A word to all corporations big or small: Never build or buy a connection line through my property that provides a monopolized delivery of a product if you cannot stand the concept of it being regulated for the public good.
    13 Jun, 02:38 PM Reply Like
  • Siwanoy
    , contributor
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    Wheeler has given every indication he won't regulate much of anything in any substantively meaningful way.
    13 Jun, 03:27 PM Reply Like
  • supersaverguy
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    Meanwhile the rest of the world laughs at our broadband speeds and costs....
    14 Jun, 11:53 PM Reply Like
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