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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

Fatman Silver badge

Who 'foots' the bill.

This kind of ties in with the recent threads about the Netflix/Verizon spat on El Reg. There were discussions about where the "fault" lies and I did raise the question about peering arrangements and who actually should pay for what.

I recall that you certainly did.

My take:

IF

Netflix 'foots the bill' for the 'fat pipe' to the ISP, then Netflix has every right to say how it is used

BUT

if the ISP 'foots the bill' for a fatter pipe, then Netflix can go out and fuck itself

HOWEVER

if they agree to 'split' the bill, then that may be a reasonable commercial arrangement

It all depends on who blinks first, or gets their nuts squeezed by a regulator first.

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