Throttling

Verizon Severely Throttles Fire Department Wi-Fi Access During Emergency

Fire Truck

Episode 1517

This week Verizon Wireless severely throttled the wireless internet speeds of the Santa Clara Fire Department, unless the department paid double. Verizon says it was merely a mistake and has nothing to do with new net neutrality rules. Leo says that throttling the fire department is a danger to public safety and doesn't buy the excuse. But it'll take years to settle in court, if it goes at all.

EFF Confirms T-Mobile's Binge On Program Is Just Throttling All Video

Episode 1252

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere was caught in a lie by the EFF about its Binge On program. Binge On allows T-Mobile customers to stream video from a number of partners without counting toward data caps. It does this by downgrading all video to 480p, but T-Mobile has claimed that the video is also being optimized in the process. The EFF investigated this claim and found out that T-Mobile is simply throttling video streaming.

Why am I having so much trouble with Netflix streaming?

Netflix

Episode 1067

Steve from Los Angeles, CA

Steve loves watching Netflix but he's not getting a consistent connection. Leo says that consistency is the key for Netflix streaming. Steve's provider may be artificially slowing down the service in order to make him want to buy their competing services. That's what Comcast did. He could try using a wired connection instead of than Wi-Fi. Steve can also try using AppleTV. The streaming is far better because Apple routes the streaming through their own data center.