Veriz Throttles California Firefighter Bandwidth During Emergency, Demands More Mey, Later Calls It ‘A Mistake’

Veriz is reverting to his own PR's nightmare. In a document submitted in a net neutrality-related litigati, a California fire department cdemned Big Red as suppressing data rates and demanding more mey during emergencies. For that part, Veriz announced a statement missing to apologize for corporate stupidity, but called the case a mistake.

California wildfire with Veriz logo

Company brand that Veriz might not have expected

Urgent opportunity to earn more mey

Ars Technica We broke this story after the e-mail was filed in an going litigati from 22 states sued by the Federal Communicatis Commissi (FCC) to terminate Internet neutrality protecti of Internet data. These e-mails are sent to Anthy Bowden, Fire Defense Director of Santa Clara County, in the supplement to the above case,

While respding to Mendocino Complex Fire, County Fire discovered that Veriz cstrained the OES 5262 data cnecti and reduced the data rate to less than 1 / 200th of its previous speed. These reduced rates significantly interfered with the ability of OES 5262 to functi effectively. My information technology staff requested to adjust directly with Veriz using e-mail and immediately raise it for public safety.

Veriz's agent has cfirmed the adjustment, but instead of improving the data transfer rate, County Fire needs to switch to a new data plan at more than twice the cost, after deleting the throttling after ctacting the department Just processed the bill and switched to the new data plan.

But wait, it gets better. The mentied "OES 5262" is a command and ctrol vehicle used to coordinate …

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