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A Plumbing Problem for the Internet (and the Stock Market)

Cogent’s story became part of the net neutrality debate last winter, when a big plumbing problem afflicted the Internet. Thousands of Netflix customers complained that TV shows and movies were being interrupted by slow data transmissions. A report by the independent Measurement Lab Consortium traced those blockages to the interconnections between Cogent’s plumbing and the “last mile” Internet pipes run by cable and phone companies like Comcast and Verizon.