Verizon Admits To Throttling Video In An Apparent Violation Of Net Neutrality

Submitted by: kalron27 2 months ago in News & Politics Tech


Here we go, the beginning of the end for us consumers of ISPs.

Verizon claims they were "testing" video optimization, but we all know what is really happening.  The article states:

"This is a really weird statement, seemingly referring to something completely different from what customers actually experienced. What customers saw wasn’t optimization, but a clear cap, with tests from Netflix’s speed-test tool showing measurably lower rates than non-Netflix tests."

Verizon, Comcast and other ISPs will soon control what content gets throttled, making your experience with a service like Netflix, that you pay for, inferior.
There are 14 comments:
Male 595
You are clueless if you think that this hasn't been happening by many ISPs for along time now. Try to steal game of thrones using Comcast and an unsecured connection. Gonna be wondering why you're only getting 5kbs after a while. They've been at this shit for half a fucking decade, and NOW people pay attention. Fucking social media justice warriors, utterly useless
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Male 527
We know and they know the government run by trump means "Get all the money you can,Fuck Americans.". Get used to it.
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Male 5,028
Who the hell would give this post a negative rating? I logged on just to bring it to 0.
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Male 65
markust123 Read the article
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Male 682
markust123 The guys on Verizon payroll prolly.
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Female 1,605
Even if you use Roku?  Will they know?
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Male 1,138
littlemissqt Yes, of course.  No matter what you use to connect to Netflix, App on phone, website, smart TV, Roku Box, whatever, all the data is still coming from Netflix servers, which are static IP addresses.  Since to/from IP addresses are contained in packet headers, so routers know where the packet came from and where it is going in order to route it properly, they will pretty much always know where the packet originated and can throttle it.

There may be ways around this if on a PC and using a VPN, to make it look like the packet did not originate with Netfilx but rather your VPN.  However, I suspect that they will throttle all VPN traffic eventually as well in order to prevent workarounds like this.
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Female 1,605
waldo863 I love all the smart people on IAB like you. Thank you! I was hoping it was only when you access Netflix through the Verizon box.  Our roku is on a stick, but you're right - still goes "through" the system.  Ugh.  
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Male 1,138
littlemissqt I wouldn't call me smart.  I just know a little bit about networking and hardware.  By a little, I really mean a little.  I scratch the surface a bit because my workplace is a small business(we are up to 6 full time employees, well 5 because one quit but we will be replacing him, and 2 part time) and I am the designated IT guy because I am the youngest person at 36.  Over the years, just by doing it, with help from professionals and lots and lots of googling and reading, I have learned some of the basics.  When things get advanced I have to call the pros and am reminded how little I actually know.  In fact, I googled what information was contained in  packet header just to ensure origin IP was included because I was only partially sure.  Strictly speaking it would not necessarily be needed, just like driving a car.  You don't necessarily need to know where you came from to get where you are going, just where you are.

Now safety supplies and equipment, in that my knowledge is professional level.  I'd still hardly call memorizing a bunch of fact smart though.
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Female 1,605
waldo863 UM, that's what makes you smart! Don't discredit yourself. People who find a way to teach themselves are the ones who make it in life.  
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Male 1,138
littlemissqt Yeah, but it's a necessity  type of thing.  I HAD to learn it for my job, so I could feed myself and my family and keep a roof over our heads.  Really, anyone else in my situation would likely have been able to teach themselves the same thing.  Necessity is like that.  That doesn't make me smart, it just makes me not lazy and entitled.  A lazy entitled person would likely not have figured it out, lost their job and then been complaining they have no money mooching off the government.  It's not called being smart, it's called being motivated and not expecting others to do it for me.
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Female 1,605
waldo863 Either way, you helped me!  
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Female 19
Agrees with and repeats what daegog said
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Male 3,496
Thanks Trump.
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