AT&T agrees to stricter Net neutrality rules to get DirecTV approved

photo: Marguerite Reardon, CNET

To ensure that AT&T is not discriminating against other services like Netflix, which offer similar streaming video service over broadband networks, the company has agreed to submit to the Federal Communications Commission all “completed interconnection agreements.” These agreements are commercial arrangements between companies that exchange Internet traffic. Netflix has complained publicly that other broadband providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, have forced it to pay fees to deliver its streaming video service to consumers. In the current Net neutrality order, the FCC for the first time said it would examine these deals on a case-by-case basis if complaints are filed. – Marguerite Reardon, CNET