To avoid the congestion in the network, the US wireless carriers proposed to slow down the video streaming traffic. The congestion was the cause for the bottleneck within the network making hard for the carriers to manage the users. But, this has become a trend where the carriers throttle the video streamers for useless reasons.
What does Research Say About US Wireless Carriers Throttling?
The latest research concludes that throttling happens pretty much everywhere. According to the researchers from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, more than 650,000 tests conducted in the U.S. depicts a harsh time for Netflix. From last year, AT&T Incorporation has throttled Netflix about 70% of the time while YouTube about 74% of the time. In contrast to this, throttling does not affect the Prime video services from Amazon.
T-Mobile, a wireless carrier Incorporation from the U.S. reported throttling Amazon Prime Video in about 51% of the tests. ‘David Choffnes’ an associate professor at Northeastern University said that the US wireless carriers do this all the time and it is not based on networks being overloaded. Perhaps, the reason for doing this is to satisfy the video watching tendency of the uses on their phones.
Are US Carriers Treating Internet Traffic Equally?
It is true that slowing down the speeds can reduce the traffic over the network. But this gives rise to the question of whether the US wireless carries is treating internet traffic equally or not? As per the principle mentioned in the net-neutrality rules, carriers should not discriminate their services on the basis of uses or app content.
Prior to the findings that Choffnes conducted, several politicians had issues with net neutrality on U.S. networks. Therefore, in February, three senators asked the FCC to look whether U.S. wireless carriers are throttling popular apps without informing consumers.
The inconsistency in throttling different video service providers like Netflix could also be due to errors. This is because many carriers have not been able to find and limit some video apps after they made technical changes.
Apart from these, Choffnes also said that US wireless carries may try to throttle all video to make things better. But the internet providers cannot limit how the content providers deliver their content.
As per the research, more than 125,000 smartphones users globally tested their internet connections through an app called ‘Wehe’. These tests were to detect whether the speed of the internet connection was slow or not? Choffnes work is highly supported by the global leaders like Google, Amazon, ARCEP and French telecom regulators. So, we can assume that the matter will be seriously resolved. According to Choffnes, Verizon cannot restrict him to publish research papers and the companies that support him don not influence his work.