Bandwidth Throttling – Weekly Content Round-Up

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This weeks content round-up focuses on bandwidth throttling.

Unfortunately, most of us have experienced some form of bandwidth throttling at one time or another. Our download (and upload) speeds will slow to sloth-like speed and leave you disgruntled, to put it mildly. Even though net neutrality has experienced some wins bandwidth throttling continues to plague the masses. Here’s a weekly round-up to shed some light on what’s happening and why.

Net neutrality is now a video game

By Adi Roberton for The Verge

A team of students from the University of Utah have released a free video game on Steam that turns net neutrality into game play. In 404Sight, a blend of parkour and speed lanes demonstrate how bandwidth throttling and other net neutrality issues can be turned into something educational and entertaining.

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“It’s a running game set in a surreal pastel manifestation of cyberspace, where bandwidth is life and “fast lanes” are hidden green strips that boost your health and accelerate your pace. Your service provider is intent on taking your bandwidth with angry throttling drones, which you’ll have to evade if you want to stay online.”

How to choose a VPN

By Nic Healey for CNET

Australian government is cracking down on how the Internet is accessed. Current discussions include possible banning of VPNs. While VPNs are still a good security measure there are some important considerations that should be given when selecting one.

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“You don’t want to be paying money for a product that will limit the amount of data you can transfer or how many times you can connect to the service in a given time period.

It’s worth remembering that a VPN can slow your Internet experience down a little, so you should be checking that the connection speed on offer from your provider won’t accidentally be throttling your bandwidth.”

Cable TV may be doomed, but cable companies continue to rule

By David Gerwitz for ZDNet Government

An article chronicling the journey of a cord cutter and what happened during the process. Although there was a recognized savings from splitting from a big cable provider the reality is that revenue is recouped in other ways, such as data caps, bandwidth throttling and other fees.

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“Expect ongoing fights to retain what is essentially monopoly status in most communities. Expect battles to prevent community free WiFi. Expect wacked out regulations fueled by lobbyists flinging cash and promises.

And, of course, expect intermittent crappy service.”

Netflix will stop asking ISPs to exempt its videos from data caps

By Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

Netflix remains supportive of net neutrality, but it’s reconsidering its position regarding data caps for consumers. In the past Netflix requested to be exempt from data caps because it believed that ISPs should allow great video for all to consume and not apply bandwidth throttling or limits. Recently, Netflix has shifted their position and are requesting that preferential treatment isn’t given to solely to them.

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“Netflix says it regrets striking a deal that exempted its videos from data caps imposed by an Internet service provider and will avoid such arrangements in the future.

Netflix has criticized data caps on fixed broadband for years and said that when they are applied, they should be applied equally to all content.”

Net neutrality creates murky Internet waters for consumers

By Steve Brachmann for IPWatchdog

Despite recent legislative victories in favor of net neutrality many people may still be dismayed to learn that bandwidth throttling still occurs. Because of download and streaming demands many ISP continue to prioritize traffic and as a result some of us experience reduced download speeds.

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“Any American who filed a public comment with the FCC during the net neutrality comment period might be a little upset to know that the data throttling which strong net neutrality was supposed to stop is still happening. If current net neutrality rules are left as they are, that situation could easily get worse.”

Happy Friday to all!

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.