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Verizon says Level 3 is looking to get a ‘free ride’ for its massive Netflix traffic

21
Jul
2014

Theres a new volley in the war of words over the internet congestion that is hurting the performance of Netflix streaming video: Verizon published a blog post this morning pointing out that, back in 2008, Level 3 got into a dispute with fellow internet provider Cogent over an imbalance in the way they shared traffic. Verizon argues that this is exactly the same dispute now playing out between itself and Level 3, except this time Level 3 is the one sending too much traffic and trying to avoid paying to correct the imbalance. When a customer requests a video from Netflix, that data moves between several companies before it arrives in their home. It begins on Netflix servers before being carried by transit companies like Level 3, which deliver it to Verizons network, which carry it into the customers home.

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