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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Netflix Got in Trouble over Net Neutrality

Netflix Got in Trouble over Net Neutrality

Netflix Got in Trouble over Net Neutrality

Added: Thursday, March 12th, 2015
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The company is being accused of hypocrisy after teaming up with Australian Internet service provider iiNet in order to obtain preferential treatment, while being a long-time proponent of net neutrality.


The video-on-demand company is planning to launch in Australia and New Zealand in the nearest future in order to end the situation where residents of those regions had to use virtual private networks to access the service. However, ahead of the launch Netflix is pairing with the local ISP to offer its service to iiNet subscribers without impacting on their broadband caps. One can notice that such position seems counter to Netflix support of net neutrality (the principle that broadband providers should treat everyone equally).

According to the current iiNet’s tariffs, the usage caps begin at 100GB per month, while HD streaming can consume up over 100MB per minute – as you can understand, Netflix users can easily go over the cap. This is why Netflix wants to make a deal.

However, a few years ago Netfilx’s CEO expressed a very different view on broadband caps, saying that ISPs should apply caps equally, or not at all. Netflix explained this by saying that zero rating is indeed bad for consumers because it can distort consumer choice in favor of choices selected by a broadband provider. Netfilx promised to push back against such efforts, but the company is apparently not going to put its service or members at a disadvantage.

However, this explanation didn’t satisfy the telecoms firms laying into the streaming service: for example, AT&T released a statement criticizing Netflix for discrepancies, claiming that the video-on-demand service had “spun a lot of tales” and now misspeaks on an issue supposedly so crucial to its future.

Mar 12th, 2015

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Date:  Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-03-13 05:46:45)
gonads90 avatarYep this is Australia, shit slow broadband connection pay a fortune for it and capped at low rates. That's if you can get broadband in the first place. Fibre optic is not even on the horizon for most people with the backward welcome to the 1950's style government as is the Liberals.

posted by (2015-03-13 08:23:29)
No avatarThis is also available to Optus, the second biggest provider of the Internet in Australia. I do not know why the largest in Australia Telstra does not offer it. However, the netflix being offered to Australians is not as good as the one in the US, so I would suggest Australian ignore this offer and got it direct from the US.

As far as the Labor plan for broadband, it was clearly a fraud. As they underestimated the costs by four times. Besides the specs of NBN are worse than what I have now, why would I want it? It cost more an I get less.

posted by Blocked (2015-03-13 11:33:53)
HiFi avatarabsolutely ridiculous attitudes towards the internet in australia, when word that netflix was intending to make its presence there, Foxtel went on an armed assault sending kids door to door to pitch Foxtel for 20.00 a month when most if its subscribers had been paying almost 5x that amount. And even if Netflix partners with IINet doesnt much matter the only ISP that I am aware of that provides unlimited access, no caps or throttling limitations is TPG and they are the only provider that doesn't provide a service like Netflix as part of their service. Now services like Presto and Stan are going to try and compete...

posted by (2015-03-14 07:02:59)
No avatarMany ISP in Australia have unlimited plans check them out here.

posted by (2015-03-18 09:06:18)
julieedmonds avatarI'm with Adam internet (which is Telstra) and I am being offered free Netflicks on my 200gb per month plan and the Netflicks is unlimited and doesn't come out of my 200gb per month its free

posted by (2015-04-06 04:33:37)
ecco51 avatarIInet bought Adam Internet, not Telstra. ACCC .. '
IINET has pounced on Telstra's failure to acquire Adam Internet, announcing that it has agreed to pay $60 million for the South Australian internet provider.

The planned acquisition comes just two weeks after Telstra was forced to dump its $60m offer for the budget broadband brand because it failed to allay the competition regulator's concerns that the acquisition would give the telco giant unfair advantages over its rivals.'

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