The war between the internet service providers and the content providers is just warming up ladies and gentlemen. Net Neutrality is a hot topic not only amongst those of us in the geek world but also the mainstream. YouTube user Colin Nederkoorn made a pretty damming example in a video that shows his Verizon Fios connection being throttled when streaming Netflix. At the start of the video Colin shows a sample video streaming from Netflix on his Verizon Fios connection and you can plainly see the buffering is insanely and painfully slow. Once it does start Colin shows the bitrate the video does end up streaming at. He then stops the video and connects to his VPN provider to show the huge difference. Once he is connected to his VPN he starts up the sample video again and it almost instantly starts streaming and at a higher rate than before. It steadily increases until it reaches the max Netflix allows but it clearly shows a massive bitrate difference. Check out Colin’s video after the break.
Now this is just one example and I am sure there are a lot of variables involved so probably not the most scientific of tests out there. But it does give an example of what people have complained about for awhile now. Now we just need to see what Verizon has to say about this and if Netflix will have any words to go along with it. What do you think? Is Verizon to blame in this or is it Netflix clogging up the pipes? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Net Neutrality is not a dead horse yet, there are plenty of people ready and willing to stand up for equal internet access.
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