Now comes yet another reason.
It’s called peering.
No, it doesn’t have anything to do with looking over someone’s shoulder. It refers to the way the internet works.
Recently Netflix and Comcast reached an agreement where Netflix pays a hefty fee. In exchange Comcast won’t throttle (slow down) traffic between Netflix and the Comcast servers. While that might sound like a good deal if you’re a Comcast subscriber who enjoys watching Netflix streaming video, think about the flip side.
If you want to watch something from a service that’s not paying those fees, Comcast has claimed the right to slow down your viewing. It’s the opposite of Net Neutrality.
And here’s where a VPN can help.
When you’re using a VPN, your ISP (internet service provider) has no idea what you’re doing online. You could be sending email, watching a Netflix video, reading a news site, scanning your Facebook or Google Plus feed. . . they don’t know. So they won’t throttle you.
A simple and elegant solution.
Here’s an infographic from VyprVPN that explains it beautifully. (Click the image for a larger version.)