Sad thing is, what T-Mobile is doing may be useful
Throttling a video stream creates backpressure to the video server, forcing the server to reduce the bitrate (and video quality).
The sad thing is, T-Mobile is correct that this can actually be useful.
I'm sure many of their customers prefer to use less data (that they pay for) and accept lower video quality in exchange. My (old) eyes can't tell the difference between HD and SD on a tiny phone screen, yet most video servers will push the maximum quality stream that'll fit on the channel.
The problem is just the lying and confusion about it.
They want to call it "optimizing" because that sounds way better than "throttling".
This is a marketing problem - they should have found an honest way to describe what they're doing that doesn't sound bad. (That, and make it trivial for customers to turn it off when they want.)
They could have called it a "data saver" or "bitrate reduction" (and then describe it accurately).
Of course the better way is for the phone to tell the server what video quality it wants (as configured on the phone). I assume IETF hasn't gotten to that yet, or this wouldn't be an issue in the first place.
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