Verizon Wireless a US provider of mobile data services has this week come under fire from users for apparently throttling the speeds when video streaming.
Users on popular messaging board website Reddit complained that regardless of the speed of their package, when using websites such as Netflix, Youtube and other video streaming sites their connection was limited to just 10 Mbps.
With video quality increasing the speed throttling thwarts users who wish to stream in high quality such as 4k or 1440p.
Verizon Wireless users have reported that by using a VPN service they can bypass the throttling and below we’re going to show you how you can do the same.
How to bypass speed throttling
When you access a video streaming website such as Netflix or Youtube it’s possible for your ISP to know what type of content you’re accessing.
This applies to wireless providers like Verizon Wireless in the US or o2 in the UK but also to home internet providers like Comcast in the US or Virgin in the UK.
As is the case with Verizon Wireless when it realises you’re streaming video it restricts your speed to 10 Mbps.
A VPN will allow you to avoid this restriction because it disguises the type of internet services you’re using with something called encryption.
Encryption basically means jumbling everything up so it’s unreadable and when it’s unreadable it means your ISP can’t tell what type of services you’re using, such as video streaming.
The result is they can’t restrict your speeds because they don’t know you’re watching Netflix, Youtube or any of the other video streaming services.
Where to get a VPN
There are thousands of companies offering VPN services and like anything they vary in quality.
If you want to bypass speed throttling and access high quality video then you need a VPN provider that can offer that high speed.
Through countless tests and research over the past few years we found the following three VPN services to be the best speed wise which will help you bypass speed throttling.
Christopher has been using the internet since 1994 and has a keen interest in privacy & security with a particular passion for encouraging VPN use. When not delving into the online world he enjoys globe trotting, breaking a sweat in the gym and photography.