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Verizon Denies Throttling Netflix

download (3)Verizon, already not painted as the most consumer-friendly company out there, has been accused of throttling Netflix traffic on its network lately. Big Red has come back swinging and vehemently denies the reports.

Mashable sums up the accusations against Verizon thusly:

“…Verizon  and a major internet traffic transit provider, Cogent, can’t come to terms over who should shoulder the burden for all the Netflix traffic. It’s a lot of traffic. By one estimate, Netflix streaming accounts for over 30% of all broadband Internet traffic.”

As the allegations have raised a significant amount of buzz, Verizon has struck back with a carefully worded denial. According to Verizon PR representative Deidre Hart:

“Recent reports have raised questions about the performance of a couple of popular video streaming services. In response, we state unequivocally that Verizon’s broadband Internet access services deliver a pristine user experience to our customers at any time of day on every day of the week. This has been repeatedly proven through independent testing by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which has conclusively demonstrated that FiOS Internet consistently delivers both download and upload speeds in excess of what we advertise. In short, our Internet customers often get more than they pay for.”

What do you think, Insiders? Has Verizon gotten caught in some mildly anti-consumer practices, or are its claims of innocence sincere?

[via Mashable]

6 Responses to “Verizon Denies Throttling Netflix”

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    George Warng [visitor]

    Well, it they say its not true , it must not be.

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    DanoFive0 [visitor]

    But we all know they are doing so… They just can’t stand it. That Netflix is putting the RedBox online to shame. And really I am very glad I do not have Verizon in any way.

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    Vernon Dent [visitor]

    There’s a sense of bitter irony here. Once upon a time… everyone called Netflix the bully for throttling disk shipments. Now a bigger bully is flexing its muscles.

    Take it like an adult Netflix and learn what it’s like to have your toes stepped on.

    Now where are we going to find a bigger bully than Verizon? How about the DOJ? NSA? CIA? Echelon?

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    Catzwisker [catzwisker]

    Oh yes, they would really admit to throttling? Not a chance!

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    Mike R. [miker2]

    I wouldn’t call Verizon’s statement a denial: they aren’t denying anything. They basically crow about how good their service is and don’t really address the issue of whether or not they throttle Netflix — kind of like a politician not answering a direct question by answering another question not asked.