Your wireless data is probably being throttled, study finds

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A new study shows that wireless carriers in the United States are throttling video traffic on networks consistently, according to a report published by Bloomberg.

Researchers from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst analyzed traffic speeds on more than 126,000 users who downloaded an app called Wehe, which tracks internet speeds.

The findings included:

  • AT&T throttled Netflix during 70 percent of the tests and YouTube in 74 percent of the tests
  • T-Mobile throttled Amazon Prime Video in 51 percent of the tests

“They are doing it all the time, 24/7, and it’s not based on networks being overloaded,” David Choffnes, one of the study’s authors, told Bloomberg.

Throttling, or slowing down of specific internet traffic, has been one of several concerns net neutrality advocates have warned about in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repeal in 2017.

The same researchers released similar findings last year, prompting questions from several Democratic senators to the major wireless carriers in the country including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

In the study, the researchers say they are making their findings and data publicly available to “inform stakeholders and bring empirical data to discussions of net neutrality regulations.”

Around the same time, the carriers told Bloomberg that the speed changes were done to manage internet traffic.

You can read all of the Bloomberg report here.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).