Is Verizon capping Netflix and YouTube at a data speed of 10Mbps? (UPDATE)

Is Verizon capping Netflix and YouTube at a data speed of 10Mbps? (UPDATE)
Several Verizon subscribers are claiming that Big Red is imposing a speed cap of 10Mbps on video streaming services Netflix and YouTube. To prove that this is indeed happening with Netflix, we copied a test that was published elsewhere on Friday morning. With our Moto Z Force connected to Verizon's network, we ran Ookla's Speedtest app and scored a download speed of 48.22 Mbps on Big Red's 4G LTE network.

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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23 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17051; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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.

5. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Are you telling me the previous buffoon didn't allow this or verizon didn't Dso this before?

11. BGChicago

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Of course it didn't. In January, the scrapped the net neutrality legislation and so you see the results.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7391; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Facts don't phase Trumpsters bro, you're wasting your breath on a lesser man.

14. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Poor snowflakes. Attack, loot and wear masks against the opposing side and pretend to be high and mighty

16. kiko007

Posts: 7391; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Classic Trump supporter... full on rage quit coherent thought and go straight to "snowflake librul tears" mode. 10/10

18. tedkord

Posts: 17051; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's right. We answered your question with facts that you can't refute, so run right to the ad hominem. A true Trump man (I use the word man loosely)

21. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2236; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17051; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The rules are in place still, but the new chairman has stated he will repeal them and not enforce them until then. This is not legal under the rules, and would not be allowed had Clinton won.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17051; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes. It was called net neutrality, and they weren't allowed to prioritize or deprioritize traffic in this way. That was, until this buffoon got into office.

2. kevv2288

Posts: 266; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

If you want to check the download speed in YouTube just enable the "stats for nerds" option and it will display the current bandwidth.

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 1828; Member since: May 04, 2015

10mbps is more than enough for HD on a relatively small phone screen. Even though Verizon are scumbags anyway.

4. kevv2288

Posts: 266; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Verizon has admitted to this, claiming they were doing network testing. https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/21/16010766/verizon-netflix-throttling-statement-net-neutrality-title-ii

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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.

6. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yea, they are probably "testing" to see if they can get away with some shady practice, what else is new?

7. PhoneGuy414

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 20, 2017

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....

13. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

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

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Won't effect me because that crooked network will never get a dime from me. They can piss off.

9. LilJokr unregistered

I was already thinking that 10Mbps on Netflix, or any other streaming service, is nothing to complain about anyway. So what's the big deal?

15. Mopowa21

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Hmm my question is was that part of the fine print for the new unlimited data plan? If it wasn't then its definitely shady, as there should be no throttling until like 20 something gb

20. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

Gotta get that testing done before net neutrality gets gutted, so they're ready to go charging websites for content delivery speeds.

23. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1507; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Still far better than tmobile

24. speedingcheetah

Posts: 76; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Tmobile seems to throttle Netflix...i ran that fast.com web speed test and its only shows 3-8 megs and regular speed tests show over 90megs.

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