Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) has released a PDF containing information about a new network management and throttling system. Two new techniques will be implemented which include network optimization and transcoding technology designed to transmit data files more efficiently, reducing network load. Verizon will also cache less data, using less capacity, and size videos for the appropriate device.
This new network management system will only affect customers that subscribed to a data plan or feature on February 3, 2011 or after. This will only effect users that consume an "extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users." Verizon says they "may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand. This is designed to ensure that the other 95% of customers have a fast, reliable user experience.
According to the PDF, "the optimization process is agnostic to the content itself and to the website that provides it." The company also briefly touched on transcoding errors or artifacting that may result from compression: "While we invest much effort to avoid changing text, image, and video files in the compression process and while any change to the file is likely to be indiscernible, the optimization process may minimally impact the appearance of the file as displayed on your device."