According to a recent study, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX ) continues to account for about one-third of all traffic on broadband networks in North America. Investors used to look at this as a potential threat to Netflix because it could lead to pricing bouts with network providers. Today, it's looking like an opportunity for broadband companies. In this video, Fool contributor Steve Heller sits down with Erin Miller to discuss how Netflix's traffic has created higher demand for broadband and why that's a good thing for providers.
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