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Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC

Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access

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Netflix has inked yet another peering deal with a major US telco, this time signing an interconnect agreement with Time Warner Cable.

The streaming video giant confirmed that it had put in place faster direct connections between its own network and those of the US cable provider.

Netflix issued a brief statement on the matter, simply saying: "We reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable in June and began the interconnection between our networks this month."

The deal is one of many Netflix has signed with US internet carriers in recent months. The web biz has implemented similar deals with AT&T and Verizon, among others. The interconnect agreements speed up Netflix streaming for viewers by providing direct high-bandwidth links between the Netflix servers and the carrier's own broadband network.

Meanwhile, Netflix continues in its efforts to push for net neutrality and end the need for service operators to pay carriers for priority access. The company has had a public war of words with carriers, particularly Verizon, over just who should be responsible for improving network access and managing congestion.

The two firms nearly ended up in court earlier this year when Netflix began serving customers with notification messages blaming Verizon, a move that caused the carrier to threaten suit.

Netflix now maintains an index of performance speeds which name and shame the ISPs that seem to have the most trouble supporting Netflix traffic. ®

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