Fresh off attacking Comcast for its policies, Netflix is once again on the attack against Internet service providers.
The popular video streaming service is now alerting users that if a video’s quality begins to suffer, it’s not a fault of the company. In fact, it’s the fault of the ISP that the user is subscribed to.
Late Tuesday night, Vox Media designer Yuri Victor was trying to watch a video on Netflix. When the stream began to buffer, Victor received a message on the screen from Netflix regarding the issue. He then posted the image on Twitter, showing that Netflix was placing the blame for the problem solely on the shoulders of Victor’s ISP Verizon.
The message, as you can see in the image below, reads, ” The Verizon network is crowded right now”.
Shortly after the image was posted on Twitter, Netflix spokesman Jonathan Friedland tweeted out his own message regarding the picture, saying the the feature is being implemented across the network as a way to “keep members informed.”
— jonathan friedland (@jsf33) June 4, 2014
FanSided has reached out to Verizon for comment, and will update this post should they respond.
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This issue isn’t new for Netflix. The company has had to pay Verizon, and Comcast for that matter, for faster delivery service to consumers. And despite agreeing to such deals, the video streaming company is against these policies that are being allowed under the newly proposed Net Neutrality regulations. Netflix has argued that providers are unfairly holding back high-quality traffic, and should be forced to allow full access for all users no matter what.
The company has even started showing a speed index to make users aware of how fast the service is on different providers. Verizon is 48 out of 60 on the list.
Internet service providers want to be able to charge websites a premium for better delivery speeds. Something that Verizon has wanted so bad that they sued the government in order to get the opportunity to implement it.
The fight for Net Neutrality has no end in sight, but the FCC is in the midst of a 120-day public comment period where citizens can leave their thoughts on the new policies directly on the FCC website. To make those comments, visit FCC.gov/comments.