Recent research alleges violations of net neutrality principles in slowing down select internet traffic
Washington (November 15, 2018) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today sent letters to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile after a recent study revealed the companies were slowing down certain services on their networks. A study using data collected from an app called “Wehe” showed that each mobile carrier has been throttling at least one video streaming service. The research indicated that Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, and NBC Sports have all been subject to throttling.
“All online traffic should be treated equally, and internet service providers should not discriminate against particular content or applications for competitive advantage purposes or otherwise,” write the Senators in their letters.
A copy of the letters can be found HERE.
In their letters, the Senators ask for responses to questions that include:
In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed its net neutrality rules that prohibited throttling and other discriminatory practices. Senator Markey introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to reinstate those rules in February 2018. The resolution was passed by the Senate on a bi-partisan basis in May, and is being debated in the House of Representatives.