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Netflix Deals With Broadband Providers Said to Get Oversight

The Netflix website displays the "House of Cards" series.
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U.S. regulators plan to issue rules next month allowing them to review the terms Internet service providers demand for accepting heavy Web traffic from companies such as Netflix Inc., according to a person briefed on the plan.

Such agreements aren’t regulated now, and the move -- part of highly anticipated net-neutrality rules -- would mark an expansion of the Federal Communications Commission’s authority over the Internet. Cable providers led by Comcast Corp. have argued against restrictions on what they can charge content providers while companies such as Netflix sought to ban any fees.