After initially declining to comment, Netflix has responded to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s letter from last week alleging that the company was working to “effectively secure” online fast lanes for its content through deployment of its own caching technology. Netflix, unsurprisingly, doesn’t buy the argument.
The company claims that its “Open Connect” caching tools do not advantage its content, is based on open source technology, and works to protect the privacy of its users.
Caching is a separate issue from interconnection. In the case of interconnection, Netflix pays several ISPs to directly put its content onto their private networks. Netflix has argued in the past that it should not have to pay these fees, that interconnections should be regulated under net neutrality rules, but also that it will pay in the short-term to protect its users’ video performance.
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