Friday, April 25, 2014

FCC proposes some "home field advantage " net neutrality that allows peering agreements

The FCC is likely to propose some “partial network neutrality”, where telecommunications providers could allow big media distributors (like Netflix now or perhaps Amazon and some YouTube channels) to pay for preferred streaming, but would have to meet certain “neutrality” standards “within the ballpark” of the residential user, essentially allowing the average customer a “home field advantage” concept. 
Grant Gross explains it in PC World with a story “So long for Net Neutrality? FCC proposes new pay-for-preferential treatment” rules, link here

Yet, many commentators have voiced opposition to these “peering agreements”.  Yet it probably would not lead to major interference with ordinary personal websites and blogs.  But if you had a lot of video content and wanted people to see it, you’d need to get it loaded onto a platform (like Netflix) that had such an agreement.

Update: April 26

Nevertheless, Nilay Patel offers this assessment of the FCC section 706 interpretive rule, "Politics is about to destroy the Internet, on Vox Media, here.

It does seem that Netflix and Amazon videos play without any disruption, always.  

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