That's what one tech-savvy Netflix subscriber did when performance lagged on Verizon's network. The result? A 10x boost in his streaming speed.
Verizon says Netflix isn't buying enough bandwidth to deliver its streaming video to Verizon customers. But a major Internet backbone provider says that's just not the case.
Netflix and Verizon reached an interconnection deal in April. But while the companies put their plan into action, many subscribers are still complaining about poor streaming speeds.
In some cases, congestion has lasted for months at a time or for most of a day, the study says.
The agency is asking for information about complaints that large broadband providers are deliberately not upgrading peering arrangement to favor their own video services versus streams from, say, Netflix.
Verizon objects to a Netflix message that blames the ISP for video streaming issues.
The company operates its content delivery network with 1,000 homegrown, high-density storage systems
The streaming video giant wants to eventually do away with the massive list of things to watch.
Netflix said price increases were coming, and here they are.
Congested connections aren't a net neutrality issue, but they're an argument for more competition.