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downloadThings are getting real in the battle between Netflix and ISPs such as Verizon and Comcast. Netflix is complaining that these companies are forcing it to pay up in order for ISPs to provide Netflix customers with acceptable internet speeds.
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FCC commissioner Tom Wheeler says his organization is looking into the matter.

Although Netflix has signed direct access deals with Comcast and Verizon to give its customers better service, Netflix feels like it’s being forced to pay a toll by the ISPs on something that should be a right for all. The ISPs claim that Netflix is such a bandwidth hog that fees are justified.

From Comcast:

We welcome the Chairman’s attention to these important issues in the Internet ecosystem. Internet traffic exchange on the backbone is part of ensuring that bits flow freely and efficiently and all actors across the system have a shared responsibility to preserve the smooth functioning and highly competitive backbone interconnection market. We welcome this review which will allow the Commission full transparency into the entire Internet backbone ecosystem and enable full education as to how this market works.

We have long published our peering policies for example, and are open to discussions about further disclosures that would benefit consumers. We also have voluntarily shared a vast array of information about our peering and interconnection practices with the FCC. We also agree with the Chairman that the broadband consumer should be the focus of this inquiry and not any particular business model.
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We look forward to continuing to work with the FCC on these issues.

Netflix is a little more succinct with its commentary:

We welcome the FCC’s efforts to bring more transparency. Americans deserve to get the speed and quality of Internet access they pay for.

How do you think the FCC’s investigation will turn out, Insiders?

[via Engadget]

15 Responses to “FCC Looking into Netflix Complaints About ISPs”

  1. Visitor [Join Now]
    DanoFive0 [visitor]

    If you buy anything that the FCC has to say. Good luck. The FCC will say
    Comcast & Verizon are doing just fine. And not doing anything wrong.
    That it’s all Netflix’s doing.
    And we all know that is total B.S.
    The FCC is in Bed with Comcast and all.
    Just saying!

    • Member [Join Now]

      Dan, you post this same post every Monday at least 3 to 5 times. Please stop! Every other member of this forum has read your comments over and over and over. It’s time to put the tinfoil away and come up with a new conspiracy or topic of discussion. Just Saying

  2. Member [Join Now]

    What about centurylink, they seem to think its ok to only offer a maximum speed of 3mb/s to customers which is why I dont bother with Netflix

    • Visitor [Join Now]
      DanoFive0 [visitor]

      3 Mb/s ? That is the stone age? NetFlix would net even start I don’t think?

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        KLAI2 [visitor]

        That is not a global fact. I have CenturyLink with DSL service paying for 7Mbps down (while actually getting 10Mbps lately – go figure?) and 5Mbps up – guaranteed, sustained (unlike Comcast). And, even though I’m miles from the nearest Telco exchange, I have the option of getting 20Mbps; and that’s before the ongoing fiber-optics upgrades to their local network.
        I use that for many purposes, none of which include streaming video.

      • Member [Join Now]

        Netflix will run 1 Mb.

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      Chad [visitor]

      I have Century Link at 40 Mbps and pay only $21 per month.

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    Chad Cronin [chadcronin]

    I think all internet providers that provide video services should be monitored. It’s so bad on mediacom half the time I can’t get any pages to load and have to wait several minutes then a ton of buffering on streaming like Hulu plus. Other times when it’s not peak then works fine. I feel like something needs to be done so everyone can get what they pay for

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      DanoFive0 [visitor]

      You are so right. But it will never happen Not with Co’s like Comcast that have billions to toss around.. And buy people off.
      Hell the FCC is in bed with Comcast all the way…

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    DanoFive0 [visitor]

    WOW! I must be doing good.. As it look’s like people are still in the stone age here and there at 10-15 Mbps.. 20 Mbps…
    my 112 Mbps must be really flying… Wow!

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    segarolow [segarolow-2]

    Time Warner just gave me a free up grade on my net….From 112 MBPS. To 300 MBPS.