Is Verizon capping Netflix and YouTube at a data speed of 10Mbps? (UPDATE)
by Alan Friedman / Jul 21, 2017, 1:31 PM
The next thing we did was run Fast.com. This is actually an app available from the Google Play Store that is offered by Netflix. The app measures download speeds for Netflix only, so in this case it's limited capabilities are just what we wanted. And sure enough, during the test the speed was never much above or below 10Mbps; in fact, at the the end of the test we obtained a data speed of exactly 10Mbps on the nose.
Netflix released a statement this morning which states that the streaming video provider does not cap its mobile data speeds on any mobile network. We are going to see if we can get an explanation from Verizon. Keep checking in as we will be updating this story if anything new develops.
UPDATE: Verizon responded to our request for a response by releasing the following statement: "We've been doing network testing over the past few days to optimize the performance of video applications on our network. The testing should be completed shortly. The customer video experience was not affected."-Verizon Wireless
source: Reddit via TheVerge
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Of course they are, and there's nothing to be done about it as long as the buffoon sits in the oval office. They know they can get away with it.
posted on Jul 21, 2017, 9:43 AM 0
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Are you telling me the previous buffoon didn't allow this or verizon didn't Dso this before?
posted on Jul 21, 2017, 1:35 PM 0
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Except, net neutrality rules are still in place... The net neutrality rules adopted by Wheeler before he left office allowed throttling of video services so long as every video service is treated the same. In other words, so long as Netflix is not being throttled while YouTube is not. And there hasn't been any evidence (as of yet) to show that this is isolating video services. So, technically this would still be legal even if Hillary Clinton won and net neutrality were to continue.
posted on Jul 21, 2017, 9:43 PM 0
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Verizon has admitted to this, claiming they were doing network testing. https://www.theverge.com/2017/
posted on Jul 21, 2017, 12:53 PM 0
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According to their statement they're always working on optimizing their network, and that's why the cap is in place currently. If that's the case, then should we expect data caps randomly happening on Verizon's network? Since they're always optimizing, wouldn't this always be happening? This whole Net Neutrality issue sounds a lot like the cable & satellite TV BS where you start getting those banners across the bottom of your screen telling you to call either your provider or the network (depending on who's running the banner) telling them you want to keep this network. It's essentially each side using the consumer to leverage a better deal in contract negotiations. They're each pointing the finger at each other saying it's the other sides fault you might lose this channel. It's kinda like when each person in a couple tries to get their friends on their side after a breakup. I didn't like that high school crap when I was in high school, and I have even less tolerance for it now, especially when I'm paying money for it to these media providers.
posted on Jul 21, 2017, 2:14 PM 0
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Lol, first world problems..... people act like they REALLY need a 50 Mbps connection to stream video.... 10-15 is plenty for HD streaming.... hell, 15 Mbps gets you into 4K quality territory....
posted on Jul 21, 2017, 1:48 PM 1
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few years ago, i used to have home internet that did at average 4 to 5 down... my internet package at that time was the lowest tier that said up to 7 down...when watching youtube videos, i would always set my stream at 480, although 720 was perfect, 480 was good enough for me...i guess i was paranoid about the amount of data i was using even tho it was home internet and not thru a carrier...so yah, making 10 down max an issue for watching youtube videos is really a non-issue...and why is it even an article??? LOL
posted on Jul 21, 2017, 4:04 PM 0
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