VPN, the mobile 4K ban, and video throttling

Posted on Aug 23, 2017 by Caleb Chen
verizon video throttling 4k ban

Verizon’s 4K ban is now network-wide. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) can be used to bypass video throttling by your internet service provider (ISP) or telecommunication provider. Since August 23rd, Verizon now throttles all mobile video to 720p and all tablet video to 1080p. Verizon additionally stated that any provider deemed to be a video service would be throttled to 10 Mbps. Privacy Online News reported on Verizon Wireless’s video throttling tests earlier this year, noting that a VPN would defeat it when – not if – it was implemented network wide. Other mobile networks are also implementing similar throttling measures to their “unlimited” plans. Because a VPN encrypts your internet traffic and therefore masks its content from your provider, you’re able to get the internet speeds that you have paid for.

4K ban: Smartphone users on the Verizon network need a VPN to watch 1080p or 4K video

Whether on Android or iOS, if you’re on a tablet, you’ll also need a VPN just to watch 4K video. While it’s true that the difference is barely noticeable for most users on average devices nowadays. However, this is a dangerous precedent to be set and introduces. Network congestion is certainly something that should be avoided and – arguably – only these providers can do that, but it sure seems like that mandate is being abused to squeeze more profit out of users on the coattails of net neutrality leaving America.

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  1. Jeremy Daniel Pace

    It seems as though they are throttling VPN traffic is well… Is this allowed? Please get back to me on this it’s a consistent 10 megabits per second

    5 years ago
  2. davecb

    Actually that’s a bit of a good sign, albeit in a horrible way… more VPN use contributes to more privacy and less self-censorship.

    5 years ago
    1. Caleb Chen

      Thanks for the comment, Dave! That’s a good point.

      5 years ago