AT&T customers should start to see fewer buffering delays when they watch Netflix as a result of the new interconnection deal. The actual agreement was made in May. Since then they’ve “been working together to provision additional interconnect capacity to improve the viewing experience for our mutual subscribers,” the companies say. “We’re now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days.”

Related: FCC To Investigate Internet Peering Disputes

Netflix has complained that the deals that require it to pay to improve the quality of its transmissions effectively run afoul of the FCC’s goal to promote net neutrality. It has agreements with Comcast and Verizon similar to the new one with AT&T. Comcast, for one, has countered that Netflix is one of the biggest users of Internet bandwidth. What’s more, net neutrality rules apply to the links between an Internet service provider and the consumer, not the ones connecting content providers to ISPs.

Brad
2 months
Not exactly true. I own several racks in a datacenter that deliver cloud based services. I pay...
Anonymous
2 months
Well the Fastlane is being completed, the big 3 ISP's are getting what they want. FCC's Mr...
Tentoes
2 months
The cable companies have sold the whole country a load of crap, that I honestly can't believe...

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The FCC is investigating these so-called peering arrangements as part of its effort to craft new net neutrality rules.