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Netflix Throttles Video Streaming On Some Wireless Networks

This file photo shows the on-demand Internet media provider, Netflix, streaming on a smartphone. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
This file photo shows the on-demand Internet media provider, Netflix, streaming on a smartphone. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

For years, Netflix has been reducing the speed and quality of its videos — a practice called throttling — for customers streaming them on AT&T and Verizon wireless networks. The video service said it’s throttling its service to prevent viewers from using up their data, and thus help them avoid charges imposed on AT&T and Verizon networks for exceeding mobile data caps.

Mike Regan, columnist for Bloomberg Gadfly, explains what it all means to Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti.

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