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I have a residential ISP, and streaming from YouTube is barely usable.

I have seen reports online that blocking 173.194.55.0/24 (part of 173.194.0.0/16, AS15169, NetName: GOOGLE) and 206.111.0.0/16 (CIDR: 206.111.0.0/16, NetName: XOXO-BLK-1) would fix the issue:

iptables -I INPUT -s 173.194.55.0/24 -j DROP
iptables -I INPUT -s 206.111.0.0/16 -j DROP

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Why-Is-Everyone-Having-YouTube-Streaming-Issues-123282

Does this sound like a good plan? Won't the internet stop working if people start blocking /16 here and there like that?

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Could you link to these reports? –  Daniel Beck Feb 26 '13 at 19:37
    
There are too many links, the DSLR link I provided has a good summary. Or should I edit to include all the links from there? –  cnst Feb 26 '13 at 19:45
    
@cnst - How about you try it since the process can easily be reversed and report back? –  Ramhound Feb 26 '13 at 20:19

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Please use Nelimiter. This will help you which TCP connection is choking your bandwidth and you can specifically block that particular transaction. Many at time previous videos or other youtube page elements keep streaming data.

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This guide proved very useful/successful for many people in the US: http://mitchribar.com/2013/02/how-to-stop-youtube-sucking-windows-guide/

Here is a reddit discussion for context: http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/1axwab/you_tube_becoming_a_big_pos_load_times_are/c91qw0l

(the guide is for windows but you can just reference the IP ranges)

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