Verizon Wireless Confirms Plans to Throttle Heaviest Users
Verizon Wireless spokesperson Jeffrey Nelson confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the company is planning to throttle the wireless data speeds of the heaviest 5% of users. The policy applies to new customers signing new contracts, and will only be enforced when users are affecting the experience of other nearby Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon said it is taking this step so that it may protect its network. The policy will cover anyone signing up for the iPhone 4, though Nelson said the two events aren't related. "This is clearly something we've been looking at for some time and introducing now," he said. "There's nothing magic about the timing." Verizon Wireless and Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 4 earlier today. The new policy, which was first unearthed by documents posted to VerizonWireless.com, goes into effect today. Verizon didn't say how drastically speeds would be reduced.
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