Originally Posted by drhill
No. They want guaranteed money (my monthly bill) and they want money based on actual usage (my Netflix usage, despite my monthly bill). It's double dipping. They want to charge Netflix (and others) for traffic, then my monthly bill better go down to near 0 for internet.
You are saying ISPs are charging twice for the same Netflix data, i.e., double dipping. But you are focusing just on Netflix data. I think this is a case of tree/forest.
ISPs charge its subscribers (us) not just for Netflix but Internet access in general. For the non-Netflix subscribers, the double-dipping does not apply.
On the other end, ISPs charge CDNs per data volume that goes through their infrastructure. The CDNs (e.g. Akamai, Limelight, etc) are multi-purpose. CDNs do not exclusively carry Netflix (except Netflix's Open Connect CDNs) so you can't say ISPs charge Netflix data specifically.
Also CDNs get a piece of pie too. ISPs charge CDNs and CDNs, in turn, charge the content providers like Netflix, who in turn, charge its subscribers.
Your general assertion of double dipping doesn't apply to non-Netflix users so it cannot be general. Think of ISPs as brokers who connect two parties together and gets a fee from both sides.