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The FCC Will be Able to Review Peering Deals, but Not Ban them

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The FCC Will be Able to Review Peering Deals, but Not Ban them

Ars Technica reports that the FCC will have the power to review peering or interconnection deals between ISPs and companies who make heavy use of their networks, like Netflix and other OTT services, but not ban them outright.

While the debate over net neutrality and the specter of “Internte Fast-lanes” has rankled the general public and consumer advocacy groups, many experts have lamented that peering fees like the ones Netflix has been forced to pay several ISPs are outside the scope of the current net neutrality conversation. Verizon and others have even boasted that proposed net neutrality solutions, including the dreaded Title II Reclassificaiton proposal, wouldn’t be able to stop future peering deals.

This has many crying foul, as having to pay up or face reduced speeds and performance, is essentially the same as a two tiered fast-lane/slow-lane service that would result from paid prioritization. The FCC is rumored to be putting a process in place to review complaints from web video providers like Netflix and Amazon that the fees demanded by ISPs are unreasonable.

Kevin Speedy

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