Verizon slows video traffic, causing concerns for net neutrality advocates
by Rachel Sandler
Posted August 8, 2017
Verizon slowed data speeds last week for customers attempting to stream video, an action that worried net neutrality advocates as the current rules against throttling connections are potentially on the Federal Communications Commission’s chopping block.
Customers of the largest wireless carrier noticed at the end of last week that streaming videos on Netflix and YouTube were slow. In a sizable Reddit thread, users who said they performed speed tests had found that bandwidth was capped at 10 Megabits per second (Mbps).
“Who is Verizon to make that decision? I have paid for the bandwidth, it’s not Verizon’s job to cut off people who want to watch HD video,” said Joseph Touch, a professor at the University of Southern California who studies net neutrality. More…