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Verizon to stop imposing data restrictions on firefighters battling California wildfires

Verizon to stop imposing data restrictions on firefighters battling California wildfires

Reyes also reiterated the company's position that this throttling had nothing to do with net neutrality-he emphasized that net neutrality had to do with content prioritization or de-prioritization, not data caps.

The Santa Clara County Fire Department in California was forced to shell out twice the regular amount it normally pays simply to get Verizon to stop throttling the speeds on its supposedly "unlimited" data plan.

California Professional Firefighters threw their support Friday behind the pro-net neutrality bill in the Legislature, SB822, demanding the restoration of Obama-era regulations written by then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in 2015, which the Trump administration-led Federal Communications Commission repealed in 2017.

Firefighters conduct a controlled burn to defend houses against flames from the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, as it continues to spreads towards the town of Upper Lake, California, on August 1, 2018.

The fire department has an unlimited government plan with Verizon, but the company slowed, or throttled, data speed once the agency reached a certain threshold, Bowden wrote in an August 20 court filing. Instead, a Verizon representative told the county to upgrade to a more expensive package.

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Verizon spokeswoman Heidi Flato said initially that the company's response to Bowden was a "customer support mistake" and "has nothing to do with net neutrality or the current proceeding in court".

"Regardless of the plan emergency responders choose, we have a practice to remove data speed restrictions when contacted in emergency situations", she told CNN.

In addition to California firefighters, Verizon has also lifted speed cap restrictions for first responders in Hawaii ahead of Hurricane Lane, it said.

Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden called unlimited data flow "critical to public safety" but said public agencies do not have unlimited funds and try to find an affordable plan that will meet their needs.

"Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire's ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services", Bowden wrote.

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He says he saw the writing on the wall on this issue previous year, and six months ago, filed suit against the Federal Communications Commission over cell companies common practice of throttling, or "speed capping", data. Verizon said it will reveal more in an announcement next week.

"This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services", according to Bowden's declaration.

In supporting first responders in the Mendocino fire, we didn't live up to our own promise of service and performance excellence when our process failed some first responders on the line, battling a massive California wildfire.

However, more recently, when county fire officials were responding to the Mendocino Complex fire (which is still ongoing) and the agency had its bandwidth substantially reduced on a mobile command center before the caps were briefly lifted, it was hit with throttling yet again. "For that, we are truly sorry".

The new rules allow companies to limit access to customers who have reached certain data limits. He said he hoped Verizon and other providers will provide assurances this will never happen again and asked state lawmakers to "harden our infrastructure to protect cell towers" against wildfires, which assist both first responders and evacuees. The blaze ranked second in size only to the Mendocino Complex fires, the largest in state history.

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