Verizon Public Policy on Netflix

Blake Dunlap ikiris at
Fri Jul 11 13:45:24 UTC 2014

Last I checked, it is eyeball network responsibility to adequately
provision their transit capacity to support the demand of their
customers, or find alternate solutions for the customers to be able to
receive the service they are paying for (internet bandwidth to/from
the sites they choose to visit).

Anything outside of that like direct peering is icing on the cake and
a way to serve lower latency or costs to the networks in question.
This is all a smoke screen from the major eyeball players to cloud the
fact that they intentionally do *not* adequately provision transit
bandwidth to serve their customers what they are paying for.


On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 8:28 AM, William Herrin <bill at> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM, Miles Fidelman
> <mfidelman at> wrote:
>> Now I write a check every month to both Verizon and Netflix - and clearly it
>> would be nice if some of that went to provisioning better service between
>> the two.  But I can as easily point to Netflix, as to Verizon, when it comes
>> to which dollar stream should be going to bigger (or more efficient) pipes.
> Hi Miles,
> Netflix is not your ISP. Verizon is. You pay Verizon to carry your
> packets to and from everybody else on the Internet, not just those
> folks they feel like connecting to.
> On the flip side, Netflix is NOT demanding payment from Verizon the
> way TV stations demand payment from cable and satellite companies.
> Netflix and their carriers have repeatedly offered to freely connect
> at multiple locations where Verizon already has facilities.
> One of these companies is demanding a second payment to provide the
> service they've already been paid for. One is not. The one demanding
> double-payment is unambiguously at fault.
> Regards,
> Bill Herrin
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> William Herrin ................ herrin at  bill at
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