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Verizon admits 'throttling' data to Calif. firefighters amid blaze

 

Verizon admitted that it should have lifted speed restrictions for firefighters, but said the issue was not due to the rollback of net neutrality rules.

 

Verizon is admitting that it made a mistake in slowing the wireless data speeds of California firefighters as they battled what has been called the largest fire in state history this month.

The company said the slowdown, which happened because the department's plan allowed for the use of a limited amount of high-speed wireless data, had nothing to do with the rollback of net neutrality rules and was a customer service mistake.

 
 The "throttling" was first reported by technology website Ars Technica.

 

The data slowdown came to light in a brief filed this week as part of a federal lawsuit brought by New York State's attorney general and others that seeks to block the end of the 2015 Obama-era rules that governed how internet service providers handled data that traveled over their networks.

 

The brief claimed that firefighters of the Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District had their data “throttled” by Verizon despite telling the company they were in the midst of an emergency. Throttling is a term used for when companies slow internet service speeds.

 

"This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services," the county's fire chief, Anthony Bowden, wrote. "Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire's ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services."

 

Source - https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/verizon-admits-throttling-data-calif-firefighters-amid-blaze-...

 

 

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