And yet, AT&T wants more money because they think they have the right to charge Netflix more to pass through their tollbooth.
- it's not their 'tollbooth', it's their road. On a road you can charge different rates for different types of vehicles, this is the same situation. An eighteen wheeler can cause more damage to the road that requires more maintenance than a motorcycle, this is the same thing: a movie that needs to be streamed a million times takes up much more capacity and energy and basically uses the system much more than millions of small individual requests do.
See, I even used an appropriate car analogy.
OK, so this is AT&T's road. HOWEVER, it's customers are paying to drive whatever vehicle they want on that road. Sure, you've got millions of request from Netflix to stream a movie, but you have millions of end users paying AT&T to be able to do that. I'm on Time Warner's Roadrunner. I pay them every month to use their networks however I see fit, and there is no exemption in that agreement regarding what that content is. So why should Netflix have to pay, too? TW has already been paid once for that bandwidth.