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FCC reviews Netflix and ISPs over slow Internet issue

The news comes from the Washington where the U.S regulators are planning hard to review the agreement between the Netflix, Verizon, Comcast and other content and Internet providers to locate whether the concerned providers are providing the slow web download speeds for consumers, especially in the case of streaming video content.netflix-logo-close-up

Many consumers have complained that the Federal Communications Commission about the ongoing fight, between the Netflix and the Internet service providers (ISPs). However, both sides are logger heads and are accusing each other for the problem of slowdown of the internet speed by the route trafficking. The major Internet content providers for example Netflix Inc. have historically paid the brokers or ISPs to fetch their content to the consumer. Nevertheless, such specific agreement are called “interconnections” and it being kept as secret and is outside the FCC’s regulatory scope.


The FCC in the earlier part of this year has launched the new rules and regulating to provide for broadband and set the guidelines for managing the Internet traffic on their networks. Netflix has pleaded the agency to start regulating such agreements immediately with fees that content companies are liable to pay. Though the FCC had given any hint on their plans on the regulation of the deals, but it is asking the Internet providers and content companies especially the video service provides to enumerate the details, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said.

“Consumers need to understand what is occurring when the Internet service they’ve paid for does not adequately deliver the content they desire, especially content they’ve also paid for,” he asked the reporters  after the FCC’s monthly meeting.

What is the present situation with the Netflix is that it is collecting the information and not regulating. Since consumers demand more transparency in the matter so agency should also be updated regarding the matter. Analysts are quite satisfied with the current move by FCC’s and welcome it as matter of transparency. Comcast, Verizon and AT&T also entertained the FCC’s review on Friday. Internet Provides are deliberately made a point regarding the traffic fees exchange and its negotiation on the commercial agreements. The committee said that they would be review on the basis of the consumer’s friendly plans not on net provider’s brands.

About Ariana Whitmore

She has been writing columns on consumer gadgets since 2010. Her areas of interests include smartphones, tablets, mobile OS and apps. She holds M.C.S. degree and working on her startup, which aims to solve IT support issues.

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