AT&T thinks elevated bandwidth prices are Netflix subscribers’ drawback
AT&T’s swinging again at Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ current assertion that ISPs (web service suppliers) ought to shoulder the price of elevated bandwidth calls for. In a submit on AT&T’s Public Coverage Weblog, Senior EVP Jim Cicconi denounced Hastings’ want for a “value-free supply” settlement with ISPs, saying that it unfairly shifts the burden of infrastructure value to AT&T and its subscribers moderately than to Netflix’s personal buyer base. As Cicconi views it, that subscriber base is the very one answerable for the elevated visitors calls for and ensuing have to construct out further amenities, and will subsequently bear the brunt of a charge hike.
In an try to spotlight what he sees as Hastings’ “conceited proposition,” Cicconi goes on to level out that this “self-righteous” streaming mannequin is akin to Netflix “[demanding] a buyer’s neighbors” pay the price of its DVD mail supply service. The comparability is not fairly apple-to-apples, however his level is pretty simple: for those who’re utilizing Netflix, it is as much as you to pay for top-high quality streams. In different phrases, it isn’t AT&T’s drawback.
And in addition, AT&T simply does not need to pay for Netflix’s “good enterprise fortune.” However that a lot ought to already be crystal clear.
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