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

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Media Outlet: THe New York Times

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.

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Chris Ritzo is a senior technologist with the Open Technology Institute at New America. Ritzo provides technical support, web development, information architecture, research, partner engagement, and project management to OTI for Measurement Lab and other initiatives.