Netflix has always been on the leading line for net neutrality and open internet. There have been accusations being thrown back and forth from carriers and Netflix for quite sometime. Recent accusing came from carrier T-Mobile and T-Mobile CEO John Legere that Netflix is responsible for capping speed of the streams. Then the truth came to light in a recent conversation with The Wall Street Journal, Netflix admitted that they have throttled video for Verizon and AT&T customers for years:
“The popular video service said Thursday that for more than five years it has limited its video speeds to most wireless carriers across the globe, including AT&T and Verizon, to “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps,” which may discourage future viewing.”
AT&T answered back to The Wall Street Journal with:
“We’re outraged to learn that Netflix is apparently throttling video for their AT&T customers without their knowledge or consent,” said Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs.”
To be specific Netflix says they cap streams at 600Kbps out of concerns that Netflix subscribers will stop using the streaming service due to data overages on monthly data plans. For you Sprint and T-Mobile customers out there…looks like you are safe as Netflix says that “historically those two companies have had more consumer-friendly policies.”
I have no issues with this except that it has been essential hidden till now. Why are these not things we are told out of the gate? What do you think? Have something to add to this post? Let us know in the comments below.