FCC Chairman Not Pleased with Verizon's Plans to Throttle Users
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.
Verizon Says Throttling Plan Inline within FCC Guidelines
Verizon Wireless further defended its intent to throttle select customers of its unlimited LTE plans today, going so far as to suggest that its parameters are already familiar to the FCC. Last month, Verizon announced plans to slow down the data speeds of its heaviest unlimited LTE 4G customers in congested areas to protect the experience of all customers.
Verizon Defends Throttling Plan
Verizon Wireless today posted a brief response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding the company's plan to throttle the speeds of unlimited LTE customers. "What we announced last week was a highly targeted and very limited network optimization effort," said Verizon, "only targeting cell sites experiencing high demand.
FCC Asking All Carriers to Explain Throttling Policies
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today indicated the agency has sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile with questions pertaining to their network management policies. The issue bubbled to the surface recently when Verizon announced plans to throttle its heaviest unlimited LTE subscribers.
FCC Says Netflix Throttling Actions Aren't Its Concern
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today said the agency doesn't intend to investigate Netflix's throttling practices for customers of AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Wheeler said web sites and other edge providers fall outside its purview and didn't violate any regulations.
Verizon Bags Plan to Throttle Heaviest Users
Verizon Wireless today said it will not move forward with a "network optimization" plan that would have throttled the mobile data speeds of its heaviest users. Verizon announced its intent to slow down the speeds of grandfathered-in unlimited data customers based on monthly usage and local cell-site conditions, but met with resistance from both the government and customers.
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