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Have you ever wondered why YouTube is sometimes painfully slow? It is because Internet service providers have been degrading YouTube traffic. Video streaming is very heavy, so Internet service providers want more money to let the traffic through. The only things that YouTube fans can do is to use YouTube VPNs to hide the traffic.
Why YouTube is Slow
Sometimes a website can load slowly because of legitimate technical problems. But a popular service like YouTube would fix these problems quickly. For the past year, avid YouTube video viewers have been suffering. The ads on YouTube load up just fine. But the videos get stuck in endless buffering. The problem here is that YouTube traffic is not being allowed to flow properly.
Internet service providers open only a few ports for YouTube Traffic to flow through. They don’t let it go freely because they want more money from YouTube or from the network operators. Network operators are other providers who route Internet traffic from one point to another. This routing is often called peering. In the past, providers simply helped each other out because everyone benefited. Now, though, Internet service providers are getting greedy.
Internet service providers have been asking for more money from network operators and streaming services since 2010. But neither of these parties can accept that the burden should fall on them. Meantime, Internet users get poor service from their Internet service providers. They keep paying for Internet, but can’t stream YouTube.
Net Neutrality and YouTube VPNs
Net neutrality means that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. But Internet service providers complain that not all traffic is really equal. Streaming traffic is very heavy and they need to apply upgrades to be able to manage it. For instance, they need to open additional ports to allow all of that traffic through. This means they need more money to support these upgrades. Regardless of their side, however, net neutrality prohibits them from downgrading streaming traffic without authorization.
The problem is that Internet users are already suffering from super slow video streaming. And they can expect to continue to endure poor quality video if Internet service providers, network operators and streaming services can’t agree on a solution. And it probably will since it has already gone on for almost four years. Plus, the battle over net neutrality is not a simple one. The only thing that Internet users can do to overcome this issue is to use YouTube VPNs.
YouTube VPNs like ExpressVPN hide user traffic from Internet service providers. This does not mean that Internet service providers are checking every users connection to see if they are using YouTube. But YouTube VPNs reroute user traffic, which includes the requests sent to YouTube for video pages. Because Internet service providers can’t see this route, it can’t identify the traffic as streaming traffic. So YouTube VPNs allow people to stream YouTube videos freely at speeds that are suitable for their Internet connections.
Some people have been using free proxy services to get better access to YouTube. But these services cannot give users the same experience as YouTube VPNs can. YouTube VPNs give users guaranteed connections and better speeds. Proxies are often overcrowded. This means that the bottleneck on these services can result in the same slowdowns that are caused by Internet service provider throttling. YouTube VPNs also give users better security by keeping them away from cyber criminals. Proxy sites are often watched by these criminals because of the large amount of traffic that passes through them. YouTube VPNs are not open to the public and are therefore free of these malicious elements.