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Twitch, Time Warner work together to improve service, because of course Time Warner isn’t throttling

Twitch, Time Warner work together to improve service, because of course Time Warner isn’t throttling

The way the United States deals with our Internet services is just this side of terrible. Our speeds are garbage compared to many parts of the world, and competition doesn't really exist in many markets. Since eSports are almost exclusively watched via streaming video, that's a problem.

This is an interesting story because companies like Time Warner Cable basically hold all the cards. If they decide to throttle video streaming services... well, what then? You can't really fight back, and the viewing experience of millions of people goes down the tubes. It's good to hear that steps are being taken to improve performance, but how did we end up in this situation to begin with?

It would be great if we could just buckle down and flood the country with fast, low-cost Internet connections, but of course that sounds like socialism and it would likely be expensive. But with a fast Internet connection all but required for modern life, when are we going to stop tolerating these situations?