Comcast gives Netflix “no preferential network treatment” in new deal
With Net Neutrality becoming a more and more serious debate in our nation, customers are growing suspicious of their ISP providers when service to online-streaming sites like Netflix or Hulu are interrupted.
For the past few weeks Netflix users have been complaining about interrupted service and slower speeds when watching videos on the site. Comcast and Netflix have both accused each other in the past, blaming the other for the slower service, but a recent deal between Netflix and Comcast only seems to reinforce the idea that Comcast was the one slowing the traffic.
In a statement released today, Comcast and Netflix announced, “a mutually beneficial interconnection agreement that will provide Comcast’s U.S. broadband customers with a high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come.”
The joint-statement went to say that, “Working collaboratively over many months, the companies have established a more direct connection between Netflix and Comcast, similar to other networks, that’s already delivering an even better user experience to consumers, while also allowing for future growth in Netflix traffic.”
Now no monetary value was given to the agreement in the official statement, but the press-announcemnt did make it a point to say that, “Netflix receives no preferential network treatment under the multi-year agreement, terms of which are not being disclosed.”
So obviously the question remains, why did Netflix have to enter into a new agreement at all? If Netflix did have to pay, why wouldn’t they receive preferential treatment over similar sites that don’t? The agreement, and the lack of transparency, is most likely not going to sit well with those for net neutrality, and only raises more questions about the operating agreements that ISP maintain.
President Obama, along with other leading tech-companies, are still fighting for a law that would protect net-neutrality. This law would prohibit ISP providers from throttling websites, or online destinations on any kind of biased-level. The motion failed to move forward on its first attempt, which is when suddenly these new problems between Netflix and Comcast started to occur.