FCC Looks at Why Netflix Subscribers Are Getting Poor Signals From ISPs


The FCC has begun looking into Comcast and Verizon’s deals with Netflix as part of an overall inquiry into so-called “interconnection agreements” — pacts that content companies make to connect their traffic with Internet providers and deliver it the last mile to the consumer.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said on Friday that their study is separate yet related to the agency’s effort to rewrite net neutrality rules, as those have to do with whether an Internet provider can block traffic or give preferential delivery to certain types of content.

“To be clear, what we are doing right now is collecting information [on interconnection], not regulating,” Wheeler said. “We are looking under the hood. Consumers want transparency. They want answers. And so do I.”

He said that the FCC has received copies of the agreements Netflix made with Comcast and Verizon. Those deals have been the source of acrimony between the…

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