Web Companies Pay for Internet Fast Lane
Streaming video on the Web can be a bumpy experience: The video can slow or stop altogether. To avoid these problems, Netflix Inc., the biggest online video outlet, has been trying to install special equipment directly connected to the networks of Internet access providers.
But the yearlong effort hasn’t got very far with the major U.S. cable and phone companies. A big reason: some of them have asked Netflix to pay for that access.