If you live in the United States of America, there is a pretty high chance that your mobile data and Internet plan is with Verizon. Verizon is one of the top three American networks, alongside AT&T and Sprint. This is why you’d expect it to play fair at all times, right? After all, it’s pretty hard to play dirty when there are so many eyes on you. Well, Verizon seemed not to care about this in the recent Netflix video throttling incident that turned into quite the scandal, but now they’ve come up with a perfectly reasonable explanation for it. Keep reading to find out what happened.
Net Neutrality and Throttling Netflix Video
The FCC regulated net neutrality policies to prevent situations like this, so this is why this entire event was more than worrisome. Still, in spite of these firm laws, Verizon was still discovered to be throttling Netflix videos, which loaded at a speed of 10 Mbps. This cap applied to both limited and unlimited Netflix plans, which raised quite a few eyebrows immediately within Verizon’s user community.
However, the company quickly took to Ars Technica to explain the situation, and according to them they were just conducting routine tests. Verizon tested throttling on all videos, and that just so happened to include Netflix. Riiiiight. Verizon also stated for Broadcasting & Cable that such tests are fully legal because they fall under the incidence of the Open Internet Order, also known as OIO.
The Open Internet Order is what sets the current guidelines for net neutrality. And according to the company, what they did didn’t break the limitations and regulations imposed by it. Still, this entire situation feels a bit suspicion, but I guess we have to let it slide for now. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.