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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, Informative) by gallondr00nk on Friday February 21 2014, @12:32AM

    by gallondr00nk (392) on Friday February 21 2014, @12:32AM (#3907)

    Ars has had a couple of articles on the subject recently: here [] and here []

    I'm not sure about the parasite label (editor sarcasm?), but I feel like letting huge cable / big media conglomerates call the shots for most of the Internet will only harm it in the long run. We should know by now that they really aren't to be trusted.

    I mean, that's the point of regulation, to prevent abuses. It isn't a competitive enough environment for free market forces to curb the worst excesses, so something like Net Neutrality seems vitally important.

    But then, I'm sure those former lobbyists in the government know better than I..

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