Verizon Communications says it is still evaluating whether to join Cablevision Systems, wireless provider Clearwire and Google Fiber in Kansas City in accepting Netflix's invitation to join its content-delivery network. The streaming-video company says the CDN is a free method of managing bandwidth and cutting costs, but a Verizon spokesman says his company's FiOS network is strong enough to stand on its own. "We are their top provider in terms of quality at their customer level [other than Google Fiber] thanks to our robust FiOS network," the carrier's Bill Kula said.

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