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Verizon says FCC cannot regulate Netflix-like interconnection deals

By Himanshu Arora ยท 5 replies
Dec 22, 2014
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  1. Telecommunications giant Verizon has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the agency cannot regulate paid interconnection deals like the one the company struck with Netflix earlier this year. In a filing to the FCC, Verizon's vice president and associate general...

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  2. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,525   +514

    Sounds like blow-hard posturing to me.
  3. I guess Verizon has not heard about presidential memo's.
  4. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    This would be true if Verizon had laid down private lines to Netflix as part of the deal, but as far as I'm aware all network traffic that Netflix gives is going over public lines. Certainly they have an ISP, but it isn't as if they paid Verizon to lay down lines running to everyones house for them to use. Netflix is basically paying to NOT have their traffic throttled.

    And this is about so much more than just Netflix. I've said this many times before but I am paying for 500GB of data @ 100mbps(50mbps realistically). If your ISP slows your connection to the point that you cannot stream HD content then you are not receiving 500GB@100mbps. I want this to stop being about Netflix and start being about the consumer. The ISP's are looking for legal ways to not provide us with the products we are paying for.

    Data is all the same, there is absolutely no reason why 100GB of netflix is different from 100GB from steam or youtube. The only reason I see ISP's like comcast and verizon doing this is that netflix provides a quality service at a VERY reasonable price. Rather than trying compete by providing a quality product at a reasonable price, they are extorting money out of Netflix. This is nothing short of anticompetitive behavior and the people who lose the most are the consumer.
  5. Agreed.
  6. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 281   +97

    Amen to that! I think this is also a symptom of big *** corporations in this country. Its bad enough the current FCC chairman was a lobbyist for this industry.

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