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Old 01-24-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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LXer: How net neutrality shenanigans could put the hurt on Netflix


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Last week, net neutrality regulations that made it illegal for US ISPs to block online services or charge content providers for access to their networks were struck down in a court ruling.Netflix is worried, writing in a letter to shareholders yesterday, "In principle, a domestic ISP now can legally impede the video streams that members request from Netflix, degrading the experience we jointly provide."Would ISPs really do this? It's too early to know just how they will use their newfound regulatory breathing room. But a report today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) details a couple of incidents from overseas that show how ISPs can make online video deteriorate in quality or simply disappear altogether. If these experiences are indicative of our net neutrality-less future, Netflix has good reason to be worried.

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