I have to admit that I’ve been slow to adopt the internet throttle. I am, after all, a bit of a luddite and would never do without it. I am a bit of a late adopter of net neutrality too. This is a bit of a problem for me. I would like to be able to throttle the internet to certain speeds without having to be so restrictive and have all of my internet traffic go through one provider.
The problem with throttling internet is that it effectively cuts off all of your traffic from one ISP. There are two alternatives to throttling internet: blocking or setting a limit on it. The first method is basically a way to avoid having your internet traffic go through a single ISP. The second method is to set a limit on the amount of data that you are sending to the internet.
In practice, throttle-blocking can be a real pain, especially if you have a lot of traffic going over a large ISP. Many ISPs do have an option in the fine print to allow you to pay a small fee to use a different ISP. However, even with that option, it’s still a pain to set up and have to go through the process of setting up a new account and getting your traffic throttled.
With the internet being a huge portion of our lives, there’s no question that we’re using it more than ever. But the only way to ensure that your internet usage is going to stay under control without having to pay a fee is to pay for an internet service that has a throttle-blocking option built into the bill.
Xfinity is one of the few ISPs that actually offers this type of service. The company claims that it has more than 1,000 servers nationwide to throttle all traffic and use that to ensure that your internet usage stays under control.
This is nice, but what’s next? Is the company going to throttle Netflix or Hulu, too? The company has a history of throttling content based solely on how the internet is used, so this may not have a real impact on Netflix or Hulu.
This doesn’t seem to be much of a problem. It is one thing to throttle certain content based on usage patterns, but it is another to throttle certain content based on usage patterns and IP addresses. Not only is this a bit silly, but it’s also probably going to lead to lots of extra traffic for everyone at your ISP.
Netflix and Hulu use a different (and more sophisticated) throttling algorithm based on the IP address. So with Netflix you might only see some stuff. With Hulu you might see nothing. Although it doesn’t mean much to me, I bet this could affect some of the other video services we regularly use.
So what happens when we start throttling all the internet? Our ISP can still have us and our friends and family streaming their favorite movies and TV shows, but our Netflix and Hulu usage will get cut off.
Hulu throttling is just one of many possible methods used to limit the internet’s usefulness. I’m not sure how you’re supposed to watch your favorite shows without throttling, or watching Hulu with a VPN.