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by Mike Masnick


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Netflix Shows Which ISPs Actually Perform Well... And Which Don't

from the ah,-data dept

It's always fun to discover some data that reveals some useful info -- and the folks over at Netflix have apparently realized that they're sitting on a treasure trove of data concerning the performance levels of various ISPs, based on all that content Netflix is streaming. Rather than just keep it all internally, Netflix is starting to publish the data, showing how well certain ISPs perform, and highlighting how you generally get better performance out of cable than DSL.
This is smart on Netflix's part, as it actually does a nice job encouraging ISPs to improve their quality, knowing that they can tout these kinds of "independent" rankings to show their overall quality.

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    Dohn Joe, 28 Jan 2011 @ 9:12pm

    Answer to Net Neutrality

    This might just be the answer to the net neutrality debate! If "content providers" can supply data showing ISP performance then any "throttling" to that provider's content will stick out like a sore thumb and, with any luck, the internet users who are fans of that site will drop a bad ISP like a spicy Mexican-food deuce!

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