As, #Cordcutters there’s a bit of a Catch-22 in that we free ourselves of expensive and corrupt Cable companies like Time Warner and Comcast, but we replace it with online viewing run by companies like… Time Warner’s “Spectrum” and Comcast’s “Xfinity”. Now even the non-cable ISP giants are getting in on the corruption action:
It’s no wonder, since Trump’s pick to head the FCC, Ajit Pai, the person whose job it is to oversee Net Neutrality violations is a former Verizon lawyer and wants to do away with Net Neutrality altogether. Interestingly, the main argument for scrapping Neutrality is that it’s a “non issue”; that ISPs won’t throttle data from sites like Netflix that compete with their own services. Well Mr. Pai, what do you have to say about your former employers at Verizon now?
What’s a streamer to do?
There’s not much you can to do stop your ISP from throttling data. First, make sure you try to make your voice be heard about Net Neutrality by writing your representatives. Second, if you want to keep the net free, make sure you remember that it’s an important issue and research your candidates’ positions before you vote. Third, we have been using a VPN for over a year now and are very happy with it – if all your traffic goes through a VPN server, then your ISP doesn’t know where the packets are coming from, including Netflix traffic. There have definitely been times where Netflix has been slow for us, we turn on the VPN, and it speeds right up. Hiding your traffic from your ISP and anyone else who might be snooping on you is only going to become more important over time.
If you are interested, check out our 15% off coupon for StrongVPN. You don’t have to use the one we suggest, but it has been working for us nicely and you should find one that works for you before Pai makes Netflix unusable.
Update 7/22: Here’s some more video evidence. Definitely watch it to see how to turn some throttling off on your phone!
After watching, we found the option in AT&T wireless to turn off their on-by-default data throttling “stream saver”: