Deutsche Telekom wants to restrict users' Internet speeds

Deutsche Telekom wanted to introduce Internet throttling... court says NO.

@anthony256
Published Fri, Nov 1 2013 5:32 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:20 PM CST

Germany nearly turned into Australia there for a minute, with Deutsche Telekom attempting to introduce Internet throttling, where users' Internet speeds would be capped once they downloaded a certain amount of data.

Deutsche Telekom wants to restrict users' Internet speeds | TweakTown.com

But the Cologne Regional Court ruled that this would not happen, strengthening the rights of consumers. Deutsche Telekom has enforced users downloading over 75GB be throttled, something which will take place in 2016. The industry thinks Deutsche Telekom could split its customers into two groups: those who don't mind the capping, and those who consume digital data in many forms, especially the growing web form - YouTube, streaming services (music, TV, movies), and next-generation gaming.

The problem here is that the term Deutsche Telekom is using, is 'flat rate' where consumers connect to an Internet service through the fixed network, with a fixed price, for a pre-defined surfing speed, and 'do not expect restrictions' which is where the Civil Chamber of the Court will base its decision. At the moment, the judgment is not yet final.

The German ISP wanted to throttle speeds to either 384kbit/s or 2Mbit/s, depending on the package users chose. We can expect the ISP to appeal the courts decision, which should be any day now.

NEWS SOURCE:spiegel.de

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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