Is your Internet Provider Slowing Down your Connection? What is Bandwidth Throttling and How Can a VPN Help?
Bandwidth Throttling is a process often employed by Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to intentionally reduce the speed of an available internet connection or in other words limiting how fast you can access something on the internet.
Have you ever been streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime, enjoying a film that’s been on your list to watch for as long as you can remember or you’re having a binge session of ‘Making a Murderer’.
All is going great, your engrossed, thinking it’s surreal that this can actually happen!
In your next breath, right at that crucial moment, the circle of doom, buffering! the program isn’t as smooth as it was, the picture quality isn’t as great, your viewing experience is ruined.
Chances are your ISP is throttling your internet connection.
Why would you ISP slow down your internet connection?
ISPs and other types of communication networks will say throttling is a necessity especially at peak times. The reasoning behind the throttling is to regulate a network’s traffic and alleviate network congestion. Although some users may experience a slower connection, it allows all users to remain connected. Can you tell I have heard this tale spun before?
The thing that surprises me most of all though, is that in the next sentence I usually hear……….but we do have a premium service which we can offer you at a discounted price just for today only, and it will only cost you £XXX more per month!! Hang on a minute, I want the service I’m paying for now please!
Apart from trying to up sell a more expensive package there are other reasons why an ISP may want to throttle your bandwidth although it’s unlikely that they will admit to it.
Throttling bandwidth over a network would lower the amount of network traffic, in turn reducing the amount of data that requires processing. This is a preferred option for some ISPs rather than investing into newer faster equipment to provide a better quality of service.
It is also common practice of ISP’s to throttle your bandwidth if they feel that you have visited a website that they deem unsuitable! Don’t forget your ISP monitors and logs your internet activity and don’t even mention the words bit torrent or torrenting, imagine a young Mathew Brodderick in 1983 film WarGames, DEFCON 1 is initiated.
Have you reached that unwritten threshold labelled ‘fair usage policy. ‘If you are a heavy user, this is something to be alive to, if it has been documented you will have to search high and low for it within the terms and conditions or make sure you ask prior to signing up.
How can a VPN help?
If your ISP is throttling your bandwidth a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can help.
Your internet service provider along with websites and search engines monitor and log your online activities via your devices unique IP address. By using a VPN such as FAST LANE SECURE- VPN your devices true IP address is hidden and you are provided with temporary IP address whilst you are connected to the internet, this temporary IP address anonymises your online activity.
You still require an Internet Service Provider to connect to the internet and they will know that you have connected to the internet but by utilising a VPN will not be able to see what you have been streaming or downloading.
If it is the case that your ISP has been throttling your bandwidth due to your heavy use of streaming services, such a Netflix or Amazon or regularly share and download files with friends and colleagues having a fast, reliable VPN that has a zero log policy such as FAST LANE SECURE-VPN will most definitely increase the bandwidth and efficiency of your network.
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