Ok the dust has settled a bit since last week’s drama, where it was revealed that Netflix and Comcast came to terms on an interconnection deal where Netflix would pay for traffic delivered directly to the cable MSO’s customers, bypassing transit backbones like that of Cogent. This site’s readers have a uniquely informed viewpoint on this, so let’s find out what everyone is thinking:
Personally, I think that the drama is overdone since this isn’t exactly the first paid peering deal between content and the last mile. However it is an instructive one, illustrating the growing power of service providers with the last mile, the declining influence of the transit backbone, and the likelihood of a shift in battlefield for network neutrality upstream.
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