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Netflix and South Korean telco end lawsuits and team up

SK Broadband and video streamer say they will seek ways to implement ISP's AI

Demanding that Netflix pay for the extra traffic it generates might go against the principle of net neutrality and lead to higher costs for consumers.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean internet service provider SK Broadband and Netflix on Monday said they were ending all lawsuits against each other over demands that Netflix pay SK's costs for maintenance from increased network traffic.

SK Broadband and parent SK Telecom announced in a joint statement with Netflix that they had agreed on a partnership to release joint products and seek ways to use artificial intelligence products being developed by SK.

"Moving forward, SK Broadband and Netflix will end all disputes with the signing of today's partnership, and collaborate as partners for the future," the statement says.

Netflix and SK Broadband representatives said the parties had withdrawn their lawsuits.

The legal dispute began in 2020 over whether content providers that generate large amounts of traffic should pay for network usage or whether that would go against the principle of net neutrality and lead to higher costs for consumers.

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