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Verizon blaming Netflix for slow streaming speeds is an 'attempt at deception' says Internet backbone provider

Ian Paul | July 21, 2014
The Internet just got its back(bone) up over Verizon's recent finger pointing that blamed Netflix for poor streaming speeds on the ISP's network. Level 3, one of Netflix's Internet traffic carriers as well as one of the major 'Tier 1' networks that help serve as the backbone of the Internet, said Verizon's reasoning is nonsense and an "attempt at deception" that backfired.

Verizon was not available for comment at this writing, but we will update this story should the company respond.

Direct connection

While these three companies continue their blog spat over streaming speeds the problem is being remedied — at least for Netflix and Verizon. In April, the two companies agreed to an interconnection deal that would allow Netflix to connect directly to Verizon's network.

For now, however, Netflix subscribers using Verizon's network will have to suffer with poor connection speeds — a problem that could apparently be remedied by Verizon purchasing a few more 10Gbps cards and stringing some cable. If Taylor's claims are telling the full story, it seriously draws into question Verizon's stance that it is "working aggressively" to remedy the poor Netflix streaming speeds on its network.


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