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  • Verizon to Start Throttling Data


    A document on Verizon's website reveals plans to begin throttling the throughput of customers who use an "extraordinary amount" of data. The PDF, called "Important Information about Verizon Wireless Data Plans and Features," announces two new "network management practices" that it is implementing to deal with the expected surge in traffic caused by new iPhone users: "optimizing" content and limiting heavy data use. But without a definition of what "extraordinary" means, some users are likely to find themselves stuck in the slow lane.

    The brief document describes how the carrier is "implementing optimizing and transcoding technologies" that will supposedly rescale content depending on the device that is requesting it. To head off complaints of violating net neutrality, Verizon asserts that its "optimization process is agnostic to the content itself and to the website that provides it." The document links to Verizon's Explanation of Optimization Deployment page which notes how all HTTP traffic (including that from Verizon's own domains) goes through optimization. Text is compressed losslessly, images are downsampled, and recorded video (but not streaming) will be transcoded to H.264. Resizing and compressing webpages and other content on the fly sounds like it'll make a hash of some content, and Verizon notes that while "any change to the file is likely to be indiscernible," users may notice that the display will be "minimally impacted."

    The second part of the document applies to users who "subscribe to a Data Plan or Feature on February 3, 2011 or after," obviously referring to new iPhone owners. Verizon says that they "may" throttle data throughput for customers who use "an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5 percent of Verizon Wireless data users." This cap will be imposed for the rest of the current billing cycle as well as the cycle that follows. The amount of data usage that is considered "extraordinary" is not made clear, nor is the magnitude of the throttling that users will be under for up to two months. And it's not clear at all if there will be a warning, or if you just get slammed.

    Early users of the iPhone on Verizon are reporting overall slower speeds than AT&T in good coverage areas, but more good coverage areas overall. Verizon is clearly interested in protecting their network service, but clearer guidelines would help users avoid being penalized for overuse.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon to Start Throttling Data started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      I wonder how can someone use 25gb of data en a month... I understand at home (I personally use at least 200gb a month), but how much crap can you download on a phone, I am just wondering, I use 1gb max on my phone, I admit I am light user, but from 1 to 28?
      I was kind of wondering that myself, I use my phone as my internet connect, even at home and I only go through 10-15GB per month. This using two laptops via MyWi as well.
    1. MN1987's Avatar
      MN1987 -
      Pretty interesting how everyone in this thread is attacking Verizon and sticking up for AT&T, whereas yesterday's "DataPro" thread had everyone attacking AT&T and sticking up for Verizon.

      Irony.
    1. smsjrtato's Avatar
      smsjrtato -
      lol the image is funny.
    1. Dizi's Avatar
      Dizi -
      AT&T should charge an extra "idiot who jumped ship now wants to come back" fee.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      "The amount of data usage that is considered "extraordinary" is not made clear, nor is the magnitude of the throttling that users will be under for up to two months. And it's not clear at all if there will be a warning, or if you just get slammed."

      This sounds like grounds for class action suite, charging people for going over their limit is one thing but to charge them a second month when they haven't gone over is fraud.

      Back to the olden days , "The Phone company is Evil".
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      They aren't charging them extra...they are slowing their speeds down.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by MN1987 View Post
      Pretty interesting how everyone in this thread is attacking Verizon and sticking up for AT&T, whereas yesterday's "DataPro" thread had everyone attacking AT&T and sticking up for Verizon.

      Irony.
      yea lol, it all depends on what the article is about
    1. gotanmp3's Avatar
      gotanmp3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptBojank View Post

      EDIT: BTW, Verizon is going to start "optimizing" which means caching and compression (for video and images).

      Terms & Conditions
      Great*. This reminds me of the same thing AOL was promoting years ago and it made all the image files on a website look like crap. So you get a nice shiny retina display, but your graphics will be all chunky and videos will look like a dial-up RealPlayer stream.


      * sarcasm