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September 19, 2012
Zach Walton Netflix Comes Down On Canada's ISPs
By Zach Walton
It's obvious that we in the U.S. have it pretty bad when it comes to Internet. Our ISPs charge too much while providing little service. We can, however, take refuge in the fact that our Internet isn't quite as bad as Canada's. In fact, Netflix thinks the Internet situation up north is "almost a human rights violation."

Netflix Chief Content Office Ted Sarandos was in attendance at the Merrill Lynch Media, Communication & Entertainment conference in Los Angeles last week. During the conference, he said that the situation with Canada's ISPs is hurting their bottom line.

For those who don't know, Canada's ISPs enforce strict data caps that make U.S. ISPs look like saints. Many Canadian ISPs offer a measly 15GB a month and charge ridiculous overage fees for those who go over said cap. The ISPs that don't use caps are actually much worse because they charge by use. The average HD stream from Netflix is a few GB of data which translates to a rather hefty bill each month.

To help offset the price for its [...]

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