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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 23 Jul 2017
Volume 36 : Issue 78 : "text" format

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Netflix speeds on Verizon Wireless appear to be capped for some customersBill Horne
Sprint is just straight-up trolling Verizon nowBill Horne
Verizon admits to throttling video in apparent violation of net neutralityBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <4e3f8c40-b73f-8c67-de9f-8051e49501fa@horne.net> Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:58:12 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Netflix speeds on Verizon Wireless appear to be capped for some customers Netflix says it's not responsible for the arbitrary speed cap by Chris Welch <https://www.theverge.com/users/ChrisWelch> With net neutrality fresh on the minds of many in the United States, it seems that the data speeds at which Verizon Wireless customers can stream Netflix videos have quietly been capped in some instances. A tipster directed /The Verge/ to this Reddit thread ... <https://www.reddit.com/r/verizon/comments/6ogu9s/netflix_throttle_megathread/?sort=new>, ... where numerous users have reported that they're unable to reach download speeds any faster than around 10Mbps when connecting to Netflix as well as Fast.com <http://fast.com/>, a speed test tool that's powered by Netflix's servers. /The Verge/ has reached out to both Verizon and Netflix for comment. A Netflix spokesperson replied "We are definitely not capping data on our end and don't cap data for any mobile networks." I'm a Verizon customer myself (on the current unlimited data plan) and my own tests seem to confirm that /something/ is going on. When running a Fast.com test, I'm hovering between 5Mbps and 10Mbps and never see anything higher. Jumping over to Ookla's Speed Test tool, I'm getting more typical and faster rates of around 40Mbps. Users at Howard Forums ... <http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1898889-Verizon-Is-Throttling-Netflix/> ... are also experiencing the cap, with some claiming that it's being applied to YouTube in addition to just Netflix. https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/20/16005426/netflix-verizon-data-speeds-cap-net-neutrality Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <e8aa39f4-af49-19f3-b99b-22d536f6d4d3@horne.net> Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:53:05 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Sprint is just straight-up trolling Verizon now In absence of actually having a good network, Sprint is relying on some top-notch PR to bother Verizon. Sprint already stole away Verizon's signature spokesperson - Mr "Can You Hear Me Now?" - and it's now hitting on Verizon's pricing with a savage stunt. For one day only, Sprint has opened up a "Twice the Price" shop next to a Verizon store in Queens, NY. The concept is a store filled with regular things that are twice the price, just like Verizon's plans are twice the price of Sprint. http://newsroom.sprint.com/twice-price-store-announces-grand-opening-in-new-york.htm http://bgr.com/2017/07/21/sprint-vs-verizon-unlimited-price-sprint-winning/ ------------------------------ Message-ID: <0082bcf0-3b89-84e1-9401-3ce22f3cc48e@horne.net> Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:55:07 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon admits to throttling video in apparent violation of net neutrality by Russell Brandom <https://www.theverge.com/users/russell.brandom> Yesterday, we reported that Verizon Wireless appeared to be throttling Netflix traffic - and today, the company seems to have come clean. In a statement provided to /Ars Technica/ and /The Verge/, Verizon implicitly admitted to capping the traffic, blaming the issue on a temporary video optimization test. "We've been doing network testing over the past few days to optimize the performance of video applications on our network," a Verizon Wireless spokesperson said. "The testing should be completed shortly. The customer video experience was not affected." <https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/verizon-wireless-apparently-throttles-streaming-video-to-10mbps/> https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/21/16010766/verizon-netflix-throttling-statement-net-neutrality-title-ii ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 23 Jul 2017

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