The Federal Communications Commission will reportedly set up a complaint process to review the controversial paid peering deals in which online content providers such as Netflix pay for access to broadband providers’ networks.
Netflix objected to having to pay the likes of Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon for interconnection, which lets Netflix send traffic directly into the providers’ networks without paying a middleman. The FCC’s net neutrality rules, scheduled to be revealed next week and voted on February 26, won’t ban the deals but will set up a formal process in which Netflix and others could complain that the prices aren’t reasonable, according to a Bloomberg report yesterday.
“FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has decided the rules, scheduled for a vote next month, will permit the agreements but include a procedure for companies to ask for agency review,” Bloomberg wrote, quoting “a person briefed on the plan.”
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