Posted on Jul 20, 2017 by Caleb Chen

Verizon Wireless is apparently now throttling Netflix and Youtube to 10Mbps


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Verizon Wireless users on the Verizon subreddit and Howard Forums have reported that YouTube and Netflix are being throttled to 10Mbps regardless of the speed you have paid for. If it sounds like a step towards a world without net neutrality, that’s because it is. The reported speed cap, 10 Mbps, allows for 1080p streaming video, but starts to falter when streaming anything higher quality such as 1440p or 4k video. Whether or not 1080p video is enough for mobile streaming or not isn’t the matter – the consensus seems to be that the throttling is very unwelcome. Using a VPN defeats this throttling and allows you to get the streaming speed that you paid for.

Editor’s note: Verizon has released a statement admitting that they’ve been running tests on their network but saying that they haven’t intentionally throttled YouTube or Netflix.

Who is doing the throttling?

According to official statements given by companies involved thus far, the YouTube and Netflix throttling described might be due to deliberate action on Verizon’s part – not Netflix’s. A Netflix spokesperson told The Verge:

“We are definitely not capping data on our end and don’t cap data for any mobile networks.”

And Verizon hasn’t commented at all. It’s worth noting that Netflix has admitted to throttling mobile users for several years back in 2016. They claimed they did so to with their customers’ interests in mind, and that the goal was to “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps.”

Use a VPN to beat YouTube and Netflix throttling

Whether the current YouTube and Netflix throttling is because of Verizon or Netflix, the only solution for Verizon Wireless customers experiencing this throttling to regain their promised speeds is to use a VPN. Many redditors have confirmed that using a VPN does solve this YouTube and Netflix throttling issue.

One redditor, /u/Redfivestandingbi, who had success using this route to both test the and evade the throttling wrote:

Without net neutrality, this type of “video optimization” is the new normal

Net neutrality is the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equal regardless of content. Needless to say, throttling certain streaming sites in favor of other sites is exactly the type of anti-net neutrality activity that internet users are fighting against. Verizon’s competitors, such as T-Mobile, and AT&T have already rolled out video optimization programs on their basic tier plans that admittedly throttle things such as 4K video. Mobile data providers are currently allowed to do this type of throttling because FCC net neutrality rules don’t apply to those companies. This type of throttling is a precursor to your telco selling premium streaming plans and trying to get an extra ten dollars or so out of you. At that point, wouldn’t you rather pay for a VPN? As the FCC destroys net neutrality protections as we know it, expect more – not less – of the same.

Are you being throttled by Verizon Wireless? Let us know in the comments!

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About Caleb Chen

Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master's in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor's from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.


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4 Comments

  1. Zech

    Yep called vz C’s and her iPhone on employee account was getting 22mbs on fast.com lol just customers getting throttled cough optimized they finally admitted to the test today.

    3 months ago
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  2. Ryan Schechtman

    Yup, steady 10 Mbps, and then around 18 once I used VPN. Bastards.

    3 months ago
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    1. Jeremy Daniel Pace

      They are throttling VPN traffic as well…not a lot of people are talking about that side of it. That’s making me mad its a given they are going to throttle video if they can detect that. But throttling all VPN traffic, that, that’s not good.

      2 months ago
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  3. Tom

    When are people going to stop paying Verizon for their shite? Well, I suppose all of the telcos but in particular Verizon? Hit them where it counts mosts. STOP PAYING THEM. Get service from somebody else.

    3 months ago
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