FiOS subscriber Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO who resides in New York City, pays for FiOS Internet that promised service of 75 Mbps download and 35 Mbps upload. However, his Netflix video streams were limping along at just 375 kbps (0.375mbps). Which is about only 0.5 percent of the speed he’s paying for. So on a lark he decided to connect to a Virtual Private Network service. What Nederkoorn found was that through this encrypted extra hop, which in all other cases would slow down network performance he saw nearly a 10x increase in Netflix performance.
So Verizon, you got a lot of explaining to do! Continue reading
American multinational telecommunications and Internet service provider company Level3, is siding with Netflix in posting a letter from Level3’s Mark Taylor. In it they show how Verizon has just opened itself up to a world of hurt. It goes to show proof that Verizon is purposely throttling Netflix’s service to end customers who are on Verizon. This is something big, proof of possible criminal malfeasance of Verizon in blocking competition and fraud to their end customers.
Verizon had to issue a statement on Wednesday after a personal blog post on a website called “Dave’s Blog”; headlined: “Verizon Using Recent Net Neutrality Victory To Wage War Against Netflix” – sparked massive outcry on the broadband oligopoly here in the USA. Verizon’s statement
In the Washington DC federal appeals court on Tuesday, Verizon won a very troubling decision. It is a decision that if not fought could lead to troubling ideas of “toll road” internet prices. Tiers of internet that block certain services like cable packages block certain channels in different cable packages. Independent web services and websites like Netflix, Facebook, Skype, or Google could be crippled or blocked unless you pay for a premium internet experience package while Verizon owned or partnered websites & services could be offered in the cheap basic “Channel” package. A very chilling idea but not unheard of if you think back to the history of telecommunications in the United States.