FCC tears down Verizon data throttling defense, eyes other carriers
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is apparently not pleased with Verizon’s “everybody does it” defense of its recent announcement to slow down data downloads for customers on grandfathered unlimited plans.
- Last month, Verizon posted an announcement on its website that it plans to throttle data speeds for its top 5% of customers who have the heaviest data consumption beginning in October, noting that majority of Verizon’s customers, who are mostly on tiered pricing plans with a data limit, will not be affected by the data slowdowns.
- Verizon cited data throttling policies by Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile and said “such practices are widely used throughout the industry and have been widely accepted.” AT&T and T-Mobile have long been slowing down their customers’ data speeds to curb extravagant users and minimize network lagging for other customers. Sprint, on the other hand, joined the bandwagon earlier this year.