Pour one out for net impartiality. Oh, and your Netflix binge discussions while you’re at it.
As the FCC prepares to gut the regulations that require internet providers treat all online content equally, Verizon Wireless apparently decided to just get on with the damn thing and appeared to begin throttling the rate of some users’ video downloads. And, as no one likes the threat of their favorite picture stuck in buffering hell, you’d better believe Netflix subscribers are pissed.
On July 19, internet snoops find something fishy was going on and took to Reddit to share evidence of what the hell is experienced as Verizon Wireless’s plan to spoil their stream-life. Specifically, it appeared that the company was capping video-download rates at 10 Mbps.
“Whats[ sic] the degree of net impartiality, if they’re still gonna throttle my shit, ” pondered one redditor.
“There’s fuckery afoot.”
And while net neutrality is surely in its day of judgement, narrowly targeting Netflix with velocity detonators would still be in violation of the law. So what’s the transaction? Does Verizon only not give a shit?
It turns out the company isn’t only messing with Netflix it’s capping different forms of video-download rapidities( temporarily, they hold ). Including on YouTube, and other pulpits. Although it adds patrons won’t be affected, customers crave to differ.
“We’re ever looking for the resources necessary to optimize our network without affecting our customers’ event, ” the company said in a wonderful non-statement provided to Ars Technica while at the same season confirming to The Verge that a 10 Mbps cap was indeed in place.
Notably, this isn’t the first time Verizon and Netflix have sparred. The New York Times reports that in 2014 the stream scaffold demo some users a popup informing them that Verizon was to blame for slow speeds.
This didn’t constitute the California-based company any friends at Verizon, who, according to the Times , through a spokesperson smashed the word as “deliberately misleading.
So is this just Verizon rehashing old beeves? Nah , not according to your friendly neighborhood telecommunications company. They’re simply optimizing, remember? And regardless, they’re going to stop soon they promise.
“The experimenting should be completed shortly, ” the company said in a statement to The Verge . “The customer video experience was not affected.
Reddit consumers checking their own video-download accelerates might beg to differ.
But with net impartiality in its death throes, the most recent “test” by Verizon Wireless is likely to become the norm. In other statements, Netflix consumers should poise themselves for a whole lot of fuckery.