Netflix has second thoughts about its deals with iiNet and Optus

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In its first quarter earnings report of 2015, released on Wednesday, Netflix said that it now regrets the deals it made with Australian Internet providers, Optus and iiNet, to offer Aussie Netflix users unmetered data.

The arrangement, which allows Optus and iiNet customers to watch unlimited Netflix without breaching their data caps, appeared to undermine the American company’s commitment to net neutrality.

Net neutrality, the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally by Internet service providers (ISPs), has been hotly debated in the United States. Netflix has been a key member of the fight for net neutrality there after it cut a widely decried deal in 2014 with U.S. Internet giant, Comcast, in exchange for better service performance. Read more…

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