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FCC ‘deeply troubled’ by Verizon’s plan to slow down LTE for unlimited data customers

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2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isnt happy about Verizons plan to start slowing down customers on unlimited data plans this October. Verizon announced the update to its network optimization policy earlier this week, making sure to note that throttling will only happen under very specific circumstances. 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. Verizon and other carriers that have implemented throttling say they have every right to do so since it falls under reasonable network management. But Wheeler is also critical of this defense. I know of no past Commission statement that would treat as reasonable network management a decision to slow traffic to a user who has paid, after all, for unlimited service.

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