Despite its griping over the subject, Netflix has signed yet another paid peering deal — this time with AT&T.
Mashable cites unnamed sources who chose not to share the financial terms of the deal. AT&T confirmed the deal to Mashable over email. The company says the agreement was reached in May, and is now "beginning to turn up the connections."
A paid peering deal allows Netflix direct access to AT&T's network. This — in theory — makes for a smoother, swifter connection for Netflix customers on AT&T's network.
It's the same kind of agreement Netflix made with Verizon and Comcast. And this is where that "in theory" part comes in. Netflix regularly ranks Internet Service Providers according to their speed. As of June, Verizon's Internet services are still coming up short, but Comcast speeds have improved.
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