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Netflix ISP rankings show Verizon and Comcast speeds falling

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Netflix updated its list of ISP rankings Monday, and the online video provider shows that Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in its custom rankings. That’s possibly because of peering practices put in place by those ISP’s, but the data corroborates independent data provided by testing platform Measurement Lab, which I reported on last week. Disturbingly, Netflix says the speeds delivered for Brazil, Colombia and Chile are higher than the speeds experienced by end users in the United States, which has seen its average speeds trend downward since October.

4 Responses to “Netflix ISP rankings show Verizon and Comcast speeds falling”

  1. gsuburban

    This idea is flawed. Here’s an example of water being used to create a product.

    Company N already has a commercial water meter and pays their bill when it arrives. They pay for the water used and that’s it. Now, it seems the Verizon way is to change “neutrality” so that whatever company N is making in revenue from the products made with the water from the meter, company N should have to pay the water company a toll fee or commission based on what? Company N already pays a metered price per unit with basically unlimited amounts of water. Why should the water company have any interest in the volume of water used for a product the make and sell? They paid for that already in the unit price or hook up fee.

    Sounds to me like Verizon is, in it’s monopolistic venture, turning things into Draconian ventures. This is why a monopoly is not good and also why in the 1980’s, a Chicago judge busted up the Ma Bell companies because they were sitting comfortable with their limitations in technology and with no means to compete while collecting revenue from a target of customers who had no choice in features, options and so forth as technology came forth.

    What about cable TV and Verizon TV? Customers pay a fixed monthly charge for that media “data streaming” yet, a customer can stream their TV/cableTV services 24×7 and no one with the “ISP or Cable Co” complains about “too much bandwidth”. Even with land line telephone calls, they set a monthly rated and all is unlimited without any complaints about high data users or long and frequent calls. Same goes for the Fios or ISP end user with Verizon as it is now, $90 a month for 75/35 fiber internet with unlimited data anytime of the day. The only cap is the speed rate or 75/35, not how much data is received or sent.

    What is apparent with this Netflix example is; Verizon is just using them as an example to change out internet as it is now to a method more common to the Draconian utilities business models over the past 15 years or so. Since they were first installed, nothing has changed with power poles, electric wires, transformers, water pipes along the streets, water meters, sewers, storm drains etc. However, these companies want us to think for some reason these (again monopolies) infrastructures are being used beyond or at their limits. Thus, they re-engineer or reverse engineer the billing plans and do nothing to the infrastructure. Example; water and electric. They have decided that they do not want to be burdened by those who can get by with less power or water so they have decided to create an “access fee” to the water or power grid. So, now, use it or not, you will be forced to pay a big minimum charge which might be equal to what was once your average monthly usage from previous billing/usage yet, on top of this, there is a water or power consumed charge added. So, you end up with something they like to call “tier rates” which they like to sell as “how to conserve” by paying huge rates on power and water. On top of all of this, these are the same people who control the quality and volume of power and water. In the case of power, if there’s a shortage, they have no motivation to produce more because the money is good enough as it is and the system works best when there is a shortage of power, they have excuses to charge more and/or limit you.

    This Lowell McAdam idea is the same made up idea. All the systems are in place yet because they say too much strain is there and the solution is to charge Netflix access money and not upgrade the system. I think if we were to have all of the mechanics in the court room rather than the managers and profit minded CEO’s from Verizon, they would likely tell us, the system is capable of 100 times more than they are currently experiencing and then some. This would define monopoly business practices and the worst that could be a solution, is to have all the CEO’s and FCC folks who have the most to gain and least to lose, make these decisions amongst judges who have zero support or understanding of today’s citizens.

  2. Steve Crowley

    I’ll bite. Netflix is measuring prime-time speeds. Prime-time in the US is dinner time in Brazil, Columbia, and Chile. Lighter loading may be producing higher speeds.

  3. What are custom rankings? I’ve never heard that term before.

    You say Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in “its” custom rankings. I presume you mean Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in Netflix’s custom rankings, as that is the only way that sentence makes any sense. Bearing in mind I’m not sure what custom rankings are, how can Comcast and Verizon fall in someone else’s? Really puzzled here…

    Not surprised at about the Brazil, Columbia, etc., thing at all, however. Many many countries have faster internet than the U.S. We are lagging, and lagging more every day. When one travels a lot this becomes apparent. The U.S. also lags in most other amenities, from state of the art public transport to hotel accommodations.