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Peering deals speed up U.S. Netflix streams, but European ISPs still a lot faster

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Good news for FIOS customers: Verizon’s fiber network is now officially the fastest way to access Netflix in the U.S., at least if you discount regional ISPs with smaller footprints like Google Fiber. Verizon customers streamed their movies and TV shows with 3.17 Mbps of bandwidth on average, according to Netflix’s latest ISP speed index.

That’s a huge improvement over previous months: In July, the average FIOS stream was at just 1.61 Mbps. [company]Netflix[/company] and [company]Verizon[/company] improved the experience for FIOS customers dramatically with a commercial peering agreement that lets Netflix directly interconnect with Verizon in exchange for some hard cold cash. Netflix has struck similar agreements with [company]Comcast[/company], [company]AT&T[/company] and [company]Time Warner Cable[/company], but at the same time publicly insisted that it shouldn’t have to pay ISPs for peering.

And even with these agreements, U.S. ISPs are still performing significantly worse than their European counterparts. Across all of Netflix’s…

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