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YouTube, Netflix Videos Found to Be Slowed by Wireless Carriers

  • Wehe app shows videos streaming at fraction of available speed
  • As FCC backs off, researcher becomes net-neutrality watchdog

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The largest U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to and from popular apps like YouTube and Netflix, according to new research from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The researchers used a smartphone app called Wehe, downloaded by about 100,000 consumers, to monitor which mobile services are being throttled when and by whom, in what likely is the single largest running study of its kind.