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

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

California wildfire with Verizon logo

Company brand that Verizon might not have expected

Urgent opportunity to earn more money

Ars Technica We broke this story after the e-mail was filed in an ongoing litigation from 22 states sued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to terminate Internet neutrality protection of Internet data. These e-mails are sent to Anthony Bowden, Fire Defense Director of Santa Clara County, in the supplement to the above case,

While responding to Mendocino Complex Fire, County Fire discovered that Verizon constrained the OES 5262 data connection 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 function effectively. My information technology staff requested to adjust directly with Verizon using e-mail and immediately raise it for public safety.

Verizon's agent has confirmed 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 contacting the department Just processed the bill and switched to the new data plan.

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

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