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Net Neutered: Netflix Sucks Up To Time Warner Cable For Faster Streaming Service

Net Neutered: Netflix Sucks Up To Time Warner Cable For Faster Streaming Service

As much as Netflix is loath to pay Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for uninterrupted access into homes of each provider's customers, the streaming service continues to ink peering deals so that its own subscribers can enjoy high quality videos and less buffering. One of the newest deals involves a reported agreement with Time Warner Cable (TWC).

According to Gigaom, the deal was initially agreed upon back in June, with implementation now being rolled out. With direct access into homes free from throttling, TWC customers should see an improvement in their Netflix streams with less dropouts and other unwanted behavior, especially during peak hours.

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It's now believed that Netflix has direct interconnection deals in place with all four major U.S. cable companies -- AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T. As far as Netflix is concerned, these deals should be unnecessary because cable companies are already charging their customers for high-speed access to online content.

Unfortunately, it's the customers who ultimately pay the price when arguments break out between ISPs and third-party services like Netflix. Without a deal in place, customers have to content with crappy video feeds, dropped connections, and plenty of buffering. And with the costly deals in place, price hikes are likely, such as the recent $1 increase for new subscribers.
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This feels like a significant loss in the fight for net neutrality. We need companies like Netflix to hold their ground on stuff like this. Here's hoping they have some kind of mid-term plan in place with Google Fiber or something to come full circle on this double dipping.

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I pay my ISP to provide me with Netflix shows, and Netflix pays my ISP to deliver the shows. Soon Netflix will pass their new *delivery* charge on to me and that means I will be paying twice for the same content. We need Net neutrality that is free of throttling and free of pricing tiers, otherwise the ISP's will fleece the consumers.

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Exactly Dave. Its the clearest example of why people need to be paying attention to this issue right now and why it needs to be stopped at the ISP. The masses will just get pissed at Netflix when they have to bump their bill up when the blame should fall on the ISP. Let TWC or Comcast raise our bills or try to force their tiered data plan crap on us so that we can see where the real issue is.  Then we'll see an uproar and not risk hurting a service we all love and want.

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The FCC has extended the Net Neutrality comments period to September 15 as explained in THIS article. If you feel strongly about this subject, let the FCC know how you feel. The links are provided in the article and it only takes a couple of minutes!

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Agreed, gents. We have to put our foot down on this ASAP... but how and with whom? The FCC? I'm not sure if that's a lost cause or what.

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I think a big part of the problem is the complete lack of rules/ enforcement for ISP's to clearly disclose and abide by ITMP practices. Just use "congestion" as an excuse and ISP's are allowed to change terms of a contract without notice or cancellation. As long as they can get away with it, they will also throttle anything that is deemed as competition, Netflix, streaming video, uTube,VOIP, etc. All this despite continuing record profits, particularly from wireless networks. We already pay separately for cable, phone, internet, and wireless even though the source is the same.

Where does this insanity end? What is the point of having an internet connection and not being able to use it.

The FCC and the CRTC in Canada had better start waking up!

Commenting on Net Neutrlity to the FCC seems like a very good start to make your voice heard!

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