Earlier this morning, Twitter user @yurivoctor posted a screen capture of his Netflix buffering screen that showed the message “The Verizon network is crowded right now, adjusting video for speedier playback.” Netflix, who has been battling Net Neutrality regulations, has been test running messages like these since early May. Netflix has been criticized for using this message in order to place blame for the slowed connection on Verizon, whom they paid for uninterrupted streaming.
Verizon responded to the notifications saying that it is most likely a PR stunt for Netflix to move the ball forward in their battles with net neutrality regulations. Earlier this year Netflix brought it to the attention of the FCC that they wanted the faster priority connection with companies like Comcast without having to pay extra. When their request was declined they signed a contract with Comcast for priority connection, but only temporarily as they plan to end the deal when they have won the battles of net neutrality.
“The source of the problem is almost certainly NOT congestion in Verizon’s network. Instead, the problem is most likely conjestion on the connection Netflix has chosen to use to reach Verizon’s network. Of course, Netflix is solely responsible for choosing how their traffic is routed into any ISP’s network,” says Verizon.
It seems as if Netflix is using this as an opportunity to gain supporters for their fight for their right to free uninterrupted high speed streaming. Because Netflix has billions of users who would support a cause that gives them uninterrupted videos they might get away with these warning working in their favor however users should consider what this means for be future of the web.