Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Sep 2018 21:06 UTC
Internet & Networking

The largest U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to and from popular apps like YouTube and Netflix, according to new research from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The researchers used a smartphone app called Wehe, downloaded by about 100,000 consumers, to monitor which mobile services are being throttled when and by whom, in what likely is the single largest running study of its kind.

The opponents of net neutrality told us we could take our business elsewhere to a carrier that doesn't throttle, so the free market will work itself out.

That was sarcasm.

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by alec on Fri 7th Sep 2018 01:51 UTC
Proponents?
by emphyrio on Fri 7th Sep 2018 08:00 UTC
emphyrio
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Emphasis added:

The proponents of net neutrality told us we could take our business elsewhere to a carrier that doesn't throttle, so the free market will work itself out.


Shouldn't that be opponents?

Edited 2018-09-07 08:01 UTC

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True net neutrality
by Ressev on Fri 7th Sep 2018 20:40 UTC
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2005-07-18

If there is heavy congestion on a network, throttling should be done. However, when done all traffic, regardless of where it is coming, should get throttled. The nature of such throttling would be be blind as to the source, just the amount of data pouring through at one time.

There is always a happy middle ground, sadly, politics and greed seldom allows one to find it.

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Comment by Fergy
by Fergy on Sun 9th Sep 2018 19:22 UTC
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2006-04-10

Integrate paying for bandwidth and latency in to the internet. Let the routing of the internet take cost, bandwidth and latency into account.
People who pay more get more bandwidth or a better latency. Think of it like a bandwidth/latency auction.
Bonus: you can easily pay for websites instead of ads.

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They should
by darknexus on Mon 10th Sep 2018 19:54 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

I'm glad video services are getting throttled. When I'm in a high-congestion area and I have to get productive work done, I don't want some binge-watcher to slow down my connection. Go watch Netflix on wifi, either at home or in public, and leave the higher-latency LTE network free and clear of clutter.

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