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Mediacom Completes Direct Netflix Fiber Connection

Mediacom said Monday it had completed a fiber link to Netflix, which it says has led to steadily improving performance for its high-speed customers accessing the popular video site.

Netflix users are estimated to make up over a third of downstream Internet traffic at peak periods, and the percentage is still growing, according to Sandvine.

Mediacom executive VP John Pascarelli said that Mediacom began moving Netflix traffic to the direct connection in late July and completed the switch last month. He pointed out that every month since May, Mediacom has been moving up in the Netflix ISP speed index (opens in new tab)—from 3.44 Mbps in May to 3.54 Mbps in September.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.