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posted by mattie_p on Friday February 21 2014, @12:01AM   Printer-friendly
from the stop-clogging-the-pipes dept.

dave562 writes: "There was an interesting article posted on Zero Hedge lately on the throttling of Netflix.

'For years, the Netflix streaming business has been growing like a parasite, happy to piggyback on established broadband infrastructures, where the broadband companies themselves have becomes competitors to Netflix for both distribution and content. Until now. Emboldened by the recent Net Neutrality ruling, which has put bandwidth hogs like Netflix which at last check was responsible for over 30% of all downstream US internet traffic, broadband providers are finally making their move, and in a preliminary salvo whose ultimate compromise will be NFLX paying lots of money, have started to throttle Netflix traffic. The WSJ reports (Paywall) that the war between the broadband-ers and the video streaming company has finally emerged from the "cold" phase and is fully hot.'"

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by jcd on Friday February 21 2014, @12:22AM

    by jcd (883) on Friday February 21 2014, @12:22AM (#3900)

    Holy non-neutral summaries, Batman!

    I don't honestly mind seeing this in the news (net neutrality is definitely a worthy topic), but dropping phrases like "growing like a parasite" and "bandwidth hog" in the summary is going to be a turnoff to new visitors and people who like to make up their own minds about things. Even if said phrases are true.

    Ontopic: Net neutrality for the win. I've seen my own network heavily optimized. If I'm watching youtube videos, etherape shows that they're actually coming from local caching servers in chunks rather than straight from google. I don't mind optimization, but I do mind giant corps taking out their feuds on their customers to make a point.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by mattie_p on Friday February 21 2014, @12:56AM

    by mattie_p (13) on Friday February 21 2014, @12:56AM (#3930) Journal
    It wasn't clear because I goofed, but that is a direct quote from the article that I didn't link to originally. I fixed it. See my explanation above [soylentnews.org]. Thanks for reading! ~mattie_p
    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by jcd on Friday February 21 2014, @01:01AM

      by jcd (883) on Friday February 21 2014, @01:01AM (#3934)

      Oh, I get it. Not a problem then.

      Man, it has got to suck to be an editor. One little slipup and we all pounce like hyenas. Keep up the good work!

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Nobuddy on Friday February 21 2014, @03:47AM

    by Nobuddy (1626) on Friday February 21 2014, @03:47AM (#4054)

    True? Netflix pays for their bandwidth, and so does the customer. The only parasites are the ISP's wanting to double dip in that traffic.

    • (Score: 2) by jcd on Friday February 21 2014, @04:07AM

      by jcd (883) on Friday February 21 2014, @04:07AM (#4066)

      I agree with you. The ISPs are totally out of line. I just meant as a general rule.

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