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Senators accuse mobile carriers of throttling practices

Joe Mont | November 20, 2018

Recent research is being seized upon by Senate Democrats to allege violations of net neutrality principles by mobile data carriers slowing down online traffic.

Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) this week sent letters to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile after recent research alleged that they were slowing down certain services on their networks.

study using data collected from an app called “Wehe” produced what it says is evidence that each mobile carrier has throttled at least one video streaming service. The group includes researchers at Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Stony Brook University. The study indicated that Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, and NBC Sports have all been subject to bandwidth throttling.

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