Supervisor expects no conflict between Netflix and Dutch providers




Supervisor ACM expects no conflict between services that demand high bandwidth, such as Netflix, and Dutch providers. At the request of the Ministry of Economic Affairs has examined the ACM or such conflicts may occur in the Netherlands.

In the United States a few years ago, consumers were the victims of a feud between cable company Comcast and video service Netflix, Netflix then refused to pay while Comcast wanted compensation for expanding the capacity of its Internet connection. In the meantime, had to Comcast customers with a malfunctioning streaming service. Netflix videos got stuck with Comcast.

The ministry wanted to know if consumers also suffer in the Netherlands may be of such a conflict. From the investigation it appears that neither of the ACM content providers like Netflix and YouTube owner Google nor providers themselves expect that conflicts over peering agreements for services. That is partly because the capacity on Dutch network is currently up and partly because customers quickly upgrade from ISP if they feel it does a bad video service over the connection. That is an incentive for providers to ensure that the connection is sufficient to make video services work well, thinks the ACM.

The ACM now publishes research and asks to respond involved in a consultation round. Based on the views that parties may still submit, the advice can still change, but that seems unlikely. If ACM does not change the advice, they will recommend to modify any regulation.


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