Death of net neutrality could mean higher Netflix prices
16th Jan 2014 | 14:10
Bad news for Netflix in 4K
Net Neutrality has been the hot topic of the week, after a US court rejected rules that previously meant ISPs had to treat all net traffic equally.
This upshot of this is that services such as Netflix, which use a higher amount of bandwidth, could be charged significantly more to provide their content.
And this, of course, could mean that the cost will be passed onto us. "Goodbye, open Internet," Jennifer Fritzsche, an analyst at Wells Fargo & Co, told Bloomberg.
"There's definitely a risk that Netflix customers will have to pay more, though it will probably take at least a year for it to take effect."
Net so fast
But don't panic just yet. The FCC has said it's considering an appeal, and Netflix told TechRadar that it has no plans to increase its pricing right now.
Still, it's probably not great news as Netflix plans for streaming in 4K - something that's going to be chomping up bandwidth like nobody's business.
And of course it's not just Netflix on the line. Other bandwidth-heavy services such as YouTube could also be forced to make changes down the line.