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The Internet service providers (ISP’s), such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and Verizon are horrible companies with the lowest approval ratings on the planet. Most people know that, but few are aware of just how bad they are. They are now intentionally slowing down your Internet speeds to the most useful sites, such as Netflix or YouTube. It’s called “throttling”.
BatteryPark.TV has confirmed that Verizon Fios service is throttling back on the bandwidth hogs in the wake of the FCC “Net Neutrality” ruling that did not allow the ISP’s to charge more to Netflix and YouTube, etc. We were noticing extreme slowness in uploading video, performed tests, and discovered the problem.
This is not just a YouTube or Netflix problem. The reason that the United States has such horrible Internet service compared to Japan, Korea, and many other countries is that the ISP’s want to keep their product scarce so that they can charge more. We all could have Internet in the gigabyte-per-second range, or 1,000 times faster than current service, if the crooks at Verizon, Comcast, etc. were not sabotaging it.
Also motivating the ISP’s to keep things slow is that faster and higher quality Internet would make Internet TV too good for consumers, and people would cut their cords, stop paying hundreds a month for cable TV. Therefore, the content creators, such as Disney and Fox, are also in on the scam. That is why you are reading about this on BatteryPark.TV and not ABC or Fox.
There are ways to get around this ISP throttling menace. If you use a VPN service, it will prevent your ISP from knowing which websites you are using, so they will not be able to target your Netflix, etc. We tried this with variable success.
However, the better solution to this Internet sabotage is to have the senate and congress force the ISP’s to stop this throttling. Write to Senator Schumer or the FCC Commissioner.