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Verizon CEO wants to charge gamers more for their Internet service

Heavy Internet users, like those who stream lots of high-definition video or download video games regularly, should pay more for bandwidth compared to people who don’t. That’s the opinion of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who said this week that the concept of flat-rate Internet we’ve grown accustomed to might be headed out the door in the not-too-distant future. “It’s only natural that the heavy users help contribute to the investment to keep the Web healthy,” McAdam said during a conference call on Monday.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam thinks that people who use a heavy amount of broadband should have to pay more for home Internet access according to IDG News Service. This includes people who are constantly streaming high-definition videos or downloading tons of video games, notes BGR. McAdam addressed several issues that came up regarding net neutrality during a conference call discussing the recent stake of Vodafone in Verizon Wireless. Previously, Netflix accused Verizon of impeding streaming traffic, similar to what happened with Comcast. It turns out that this issue was because of peering congestion, which means that the middleman system Netflix uses to stream content to Verizon customers couldn’t handle the traffic that was flowing through it.

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