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. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler later suggested the idea was "deeply troubling" to him and asked Verizon to explain itself. Verizon's senior VP of regulatory affairs, Kathleen Grillo, penned a response to the FCC and said, "The type of network optimization policy that we follow has been endorsed by the FCC as a narrowly targeted way to ensure a fair allocation of capacity during times of congestion. In short, this practice has been widely accepted with little or no controversy." Verizon further suggested that its fellow wireless network operators follow similar practices when it comes to network management. The FCC has not said if it will take any action against Verizon, not did the FCC say it was satisfied by Verizon's explanation.
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's Video Optimization Tests Have Customers Crying Foul
Verizon Wireless is throttling the speeds of Netflix and YouTube, according to customer complaints voiced on Reddit. Verizon's customers claim they are seeing Netflix and YouTube streams capped at 10Mbps, and some suggest the capped speeds are leading to degraded video quality.
Verizon to Cut Off Certain Customers Who Exceed 100GB Per Month
Verizon Wireless confirmed plans to disconnect select customers who consume more than 100 GB of mobile data per month. Verizon is specifically targeting customers who have grandfathered-in unlimited data plans and are taking advantage to use extreme amounts of data.
AT&T Rails Against FCC's 'Absurd' $100M Fine
AT&T is not happy about the FCC's proposed $100 million fine levied against the carrier regarding its throttling practices. The FCC last month alleged that AT&T did not properly inform grandfathered unlimited customers about its network management techniques, which included slowing their internet speeds.
AT&T and Verizon Bite Back At FCC on Net Neutrality
AT&T and Verizon Wireless vigorously defended their sponsored data programs in separate letters to the FCC this week. The agency asked both companies to offer some rationale for their DirecTV Now and FreeBee programs, respectively, which the FCC views as violating its net neutrality rules.