Netflix Just Got A Big Backer In Their Paid Interconnect Argument, Google Fiber

Only a short time ago, Google published a post on their Google Fiber blog in which they make the case for why they don’t charge content owners for peering, why they give someone like Netflix access to their network for free and why they partner with content providers and CDNs like YouTube, Netflix, and Akamai. While not all ISPs feel the same way Google does, Netflix just got a big voice in the market saying that for their business model, and size of their network and small number of subscribers, it makes sense for them to not charge anyone for access to their network.

  • Tom Perens

    Interesting article Dan. What do you think it is about AT&T/Comcast/Verizon’s network topology or staffing where they are so adamant that the sender needs to pay? Like Google Fiber, Cox and Charter don’t have these problems, and they pass through a lot of homes.

    • Michael Cook

      I think the Comcast guys are too busy trolling DSLReports and other forums when they should be fixing their congested network. That is the problem, and this NANOG post is a real eye opener to the professionalism of some of the people high up at Comcast:

  • CedricMi

    Don’t you think it is self serving? What are the profits of YouTube vs Google Fiber (if any). What is the data quantity of 3rd party on Google Fiber (and excluding Google services) vs the data quantity that YouTube pours on other networks? My Guess is a 10^9 difference at the very least.

  • Dan, yout state “to not charge anyone access to their network.” That’s wrong. Google charges their subscribers access to their network and provides them transit to the internet. If a content or app provider were allowed to set up shop on their network and use Google to transit to the rest of the internet I am sure they too would be charged for that access. Right now that is prohibited.

    You need to distinguish between access charges and 2-sided revenue takings for a session originated by one of Google’s subscribers who have already paid for the access; just like every other edge access provider (aka ISP).