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Yes, Netflix a bandwidth hog; but who should pay?

A movie selected from among Netflix's "Watch Instantly" titles begins to download on a home computer screen in New York, Nov. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/James H. Collins)

Netflix is clogging up the Internet. There’s a debate raging about who should pay for it — but ultimately, it’s going to be you.

The latest skirmish is a fracas between Comcast, which connects users to the Internet, and Level 3, which signed a deal three weeks ago to host and deliver Netflix’s streaming videos to networks like Comcast’s. Comcast ultimately delivers those videos to its paying broadband customers.
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T-Mobile launching 4G in Chicago this week

T-Mobile USA Inc. said it is launching 4G wireless service in the Chicago area this week, heightening competition among mobile operators to provide the fastest connectivity to laptop- and smart phone-toting consumers. The Bellevue, Wash.-based carrier said its upgraded network will cover the city and suburbs within a 20-mile radius.

T-Mobile first lit up 4G service in September 2009 and is in about 75 metropolitan areas. Chicago is part of T-Mobile’s expansion to six new cities, and the company is aiming to offer 4G in 100 markets covering 200 million people by year-end.