Professor David Choffnes built an app called “Wehe” that tests the speeds of YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. Abnormally low speed results for one or more of those services might, in theory, provide evidence that your mobile carrier is throttling a service.
Apple initially refused to distribute the app in the iPhone app store, but the company eventually reversed that decision.
- Ars Technica: Apple rejects net neutrality testing app, says it offers “no benefits to users”
- Lifehacker: How to Check for Net Neutrality Violations on Your Network
- Motherboard: Apple Is Blocking an App That Detects Net Neutrality Violations From the App Store
- Ars Technica: The net neutrality testing app that Apple rejected is available now
- NU News: Northeastern professor scores a victory for detecting net neutrality
- KGW8: Net neutrality app is a lesson in Apple’s App Store power
- Huntington News: Apple allows Northeastern-created app into store after ban
- VICE News: Are mobile carriers already violating net neutrality?
- Boston Business Journal: Mass. AG says state net neutrality legislation may face federal challenge
- Wired: As protection ends, here’s one way to test for net neutrality
- NU News: New research shows that, post net neutrality, internet providers are slowing down your streaming