Verizon accused of violating net neutrality rules by throttling video [telecom]

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FCC has no comment on petition to investigate Verizon slowing video to 10Mbps.

By Jon Brodkin

The Federal Communications Commission should investigate whether
Verizon Wireless violated net neutrality rules by throttling video
applications on its mobile network, advocacy group Free Press says.

Free Press is asking people to sign a petition that will be delivered
to the FCC.

"Late last week Verizon Wireless customers started to notice something
suspicious: Videos from Netflix and YouTube were slow," the call for
signatures says. "Verizon Wireless couldn't explain why. When
reporters asked the wireless giant to comment, the company first said
it was just a temporary network test with no impact on user
experience. But Verizon later admitted that, temporary test or not, it
was indeed 'optimizing' video streams."

Bill Horne

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Puh-Leez, Verizon Wireless, will you please throttle any videos that  
come to my phone?

Even though the plan I'm on doesn't charge for overage, it does have a  
fixed limit before it lowers my speed to something well below whatever  
is needed for video. I could buy a bigger plan but I'm perfectly happy  
where I am. What possible use could I have for a 10 Mbps video stream  
to my 2 1/2" wide screen, or even the 5" screen that some other phones  
have? HD makes some sense for 42" and larger TV sets, though my 42" 720p  
set looks as sharp as any from any sane viewing distance. Higher  
resolution uses a LOT more capacity. Optimizing video to fit the phone  
is highly pro-consumer. They should make it the default with an opt-out  
for those who insist. These "public interest" groups have turned  
religious about a fake Internet that never existed, one where all  
packets are treated equally and yet spammers and DDoSers somehow don't  
clutter things. It's a way to raise money, not to improve usefulness.

Netflix is relatively smart. It adapts its video coding automatically to  
what it perceives as available capacity. Some other streamers don't, and  
in so doing crowd out other content while not delivering the high  
quality they pretend to be.

Fred R. Goldstein      k1io     fred "at"

Re: Verizon accused of violating net neutrality rules by throttling video [telecom]

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Lots of people these days, especially cord-cutters, are displaying
their phone video on external screens like Fred's 42-inch TV.


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