ISPs in same business as Netflix/Hulu

IT World – “Netflix isn’t swamping the Internet; ISPs are overstating their congestion problems“:

It’s not compensating for Netflix that is taking up most of the carriers’ R&D and network-upgrade work.

It’s the effort to upgrade the nets to support their own streaming-media services, which not only compete with Netflix, but also come supported by internal business cases that have to show how quickly each new major upgrade will pay for itself through new services or the ability to support more subscribers.

Related data points – Comcast’s xfinity service and the Comcast acquisition of NBC Universal.

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