Only A Giant Telco Could Introduce Bandwidth Throttling And Spin It As 'Network Optimization'
from the and-charging-you-more-is-merely-wallet-efficiency-management dept
Oh, Verizon. The company is ramping up its mobile data throttling on its LTE network. Basically, if you’re a heavy user, your packets get “de-prioritized” (i.e., throttled). However, Verizon insists it’s, like, totally, totally different.
Is this the same as throttling?
No, this is not throttling.
How is this different than throttling?
The difference between our Network Optimization practices and throttling is network intelligence. With throttling, your wireless data speed is reduced for your entire cycle, 100% of the time, no matter where you are. Network Optimization is based on the theory that all customers should have the best network possible, and if you?re not causing congestion for others, even if you are using a high amount of data, your connection speed should be as good as possible. So, if you?re in the top 5% of data users, your speed is reduced only when you are connected to a cell site experiencing high demand. Once you are no longer connected to a site experiencing high demand, your speed will return to normal. This could mean a matter of seconds or hours, depending on your location and time of day.
In other words… it’s throttling. It may be temporary, and it may only impact top users, but it’s still throttling. No matter what they say. As Broadband Reports notes, this bit of Orwellian speak probably doesn’t work in reverse:
One wonders how Verizon would feel if customers stopped paying them, insisting they were simply “dynamically and intelligently altering payment transit.”
Of course, if the FCC actually lived up to its transparency demands, perhaps it would ding Verizon for this. What are the chances of that happening?