BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Verizon has just offered a special program for its mobile users, which gives them unlimited data. However, it seems the service has chosen to limit other services instead. Many users observed how the streaming quality on Netflix got limited. When questioned about that, the networking company blamed internal testing.
Poor Netflix performance for Verizon users
At the beginning, Verizon users noticed how their speed on Netflix dropped to 10 Mbps. This is incredibly low, and the network can typically reach much higher speeds. Also, users noticed how the video streaming service worked at such a low speed, while other apps were quicker.
Verizon answered to the critique, and said this is only temporary. The company said it was only testing the network, and these processes slowed down the speed of the video service. After the testing is completed, customers should no longer have any troubleshooting problems.
Verizon claims these are only network tests
It seems that Netflix wasn’t the only service affected by lower speeds. Other users reported seeing a similar phenomenon on YouTube. The download speed was around 10 Mbps. When they tried accessing the service on a different network, the speed suddenly increased.
Verizon claimed a similar limitation was imposed on its own streaming service, called Go90. Also, it said the limitations do not affect the video performance on a platform. The company claims a speed of 10 Mbps should be enough to stream 1080p videos without major performance issues.
Even so, these limitations might pose some issues. These might not necessarily be related to net neutrality, but Verizon might come into scrutiny. If limitations don’t target specific services, there should be no other problems. However, a poor performance on specific platforms, such as YouTube or Netflix, might bring the company under federal attention.
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