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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down? 298

hondo77 points out a blog post by Dave Raphael, who noticed some odd discrepancies between two different Verizon broadband connections he has access to. His personal residential plan and his company's business plan both went through the same Verizon routers, but his residential plan is getting unusably slow speeds to places like AWS. He suggests that Verizon is already waging a war on high-bandwidth services like Netflix after the recent court decision against net neutrality. His discussion with a Verizon service representative seems to confirm this, though it's uncertain whether such an employee would have access to that information.
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

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  • by EMG at MU ( 1194965 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @04:02PM (#46165291)
    ISPs say that they don't have enough bandwidth for everything, and that they must throttle traffic.

    Then, ISPs say they want to have your residential AP also broadcast a public wifi hotspot.

    To me, those two things are in contradiction. If there isn't enough bandwidth then why are they adding public hotspots to residential plans?
  • Re: Because it is. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Scowler ( 667000 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @04:48PM (#46165801)
    That is an over broad definition, one that would preclude common sense QoS during times when ISP is approaching capacity limits. Common sense QoS would include, for example, putting torrents or FTP on low priority tier, voice communication on high tier, etc. What is bad is discriminating between two similar types of traffic, like Netflix vs YouTube.
  • by Kludge ( 13653 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @09:11PM (#46168839)

    Verizon screws with Skype too. I was trying to run Skype at a friend's place. The latency was terrible, making the program unusable. So I fired up a connection to my VPN service, which in theory should increase the latency, because it is an extra hop. Running through the VPN fixed the problem, and I could use Skype.

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