Bright House Networks is taking advantage of a paid interconnection agreement between Time Warner Cable and Netflix that is boosting the quality of Netflix streams delivered to consumers over Bright House's network.
Update: According to Netflix, the company has not inked a direct deal with Bright House Networks, but noted that Bright House is benefiting from the interconnection deal originally signed between Netflix and Time Warner Cable. This story originally said that Bright House and Netflix had inked a separate paid interconnection agreement.
But the results of that work were clearly apparent following the release of Netflix’s ISP Speed Index for the month of September. Among the 16 major U.S. ISPs tracked by Netflix, Bright House jumped five spots in September to number four overall – delivering an average Netflix stream of 2.99 Mbps for the month, versus 2.58 Mbps in August.
“Of note is that our ongoing significant investment in the infrastructure capacity of our network enabled us to immediately absorb additional traffic resulting from the Netflix interconnection agreement – which provides the BHN Internet customer a great Netflix entertainment experience,” a Bright House official said via email.
Bright House serves about 2.5 million customers in parts of Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.
Netflix has paid interconnection deals with Comcast, Verizon Communications, AT&T and Time Warner Cable.
Paid interconnection policies have come into focus as the FCC moves forward on new Open Internet rules.
Netflix has reluctantly signed interconnection pacts with the nation’s largest ISPs, preferring that ISPs instead join Open Connect, its private content delivery network that relies on edge caches. Netflix has labeled such paid interconnection deals as an “arbitrary tax” on the company and other over-the-top video service providers. Netflix has asked the FCC to include paid peering and interconnection deals into the discussion as the FCC pursues new network neutrality rules.