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FCC Chairman Not Pleased with Verizon's Plans to Throttle Users

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Jul 30, 2014, 3:50 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Tom Wheeler, head of the FCC, is questioning Verizon Wireless' intent to begin throttling the speeds of its legacy unlimited LTE 4G data customers. Verizon announced the policy change July 25, suggesting it is to help manage its network in congested areas. Wheeler has a problem with how Verizon is selecting which customers to throttle. "I am deeply troubled by your announcement that Verizon Wireless intends to slow down some customers' data speeds on your 4G LTE network starting in October 2014," said Wheeler in a letter to Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead. "It is disturbing to me that Verizon Wireless would base its 'network management' on distinctions among its customers' data plans, rather than on network architecture or technology." According to Verizon, very few of its customers still have unlimited LTE plans. Verizon will throttle only the heaviest users, who often consume more than 4.7GB per month. The bulk of Verizon's customers are on tiered plans with set data allotments each month. Verizon has not yet responded to Wheeler's letter publicly.

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Jul 30, 2014, 4:14 PM

score one for the people

May or may not mean anything but nice to see someone is trying to scold greedy big red.....
Does this mean that if you have a family plan with Verizon and subscribe to (let's say) 10 GB of Data and you have 4 phones and use 8 GB that you will be throttled because you are over 4.8 GB.....or

of your 4 phones 3 use 1 GB but the 4th uses 5GB ...
Yes. so the big and greedy government can force its way into businesses and people's lives? No thanks, I prefer the free market where I can go somewhere else rather than complain or be forces to do anything. God forbid, businesses try and make money ...
How many people does this actually affect anyway? Like 10?

Aug 3, 2014, 2:52 PM


For eight years I was forced to pay for unlimited data in phones which did not even support basic Internet. Nice to see Verizon putting the screws to its customers as usual. Evil *Bleeping* *Bleepards*.
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