Last week Verizon Wireless announced that they are updating their Network Optimization policy to include 4G LTE customers and would start throttling the heaviest users. This new policy is clearly aimed at their unlimited data customers and will go into effect on October 1.
It’s obvious that customers aren’t pleased with this, but more importantly, The Federal Communications Commission isn’t either. They sent a “strongly worded letter” to Verizon warning that these changes might violate federal regulations, and is a sign that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler could apply new net neutrality rules to wireless carriers.
The problem here isn’t even the throttling, it’s the fact that Verizon is discriminating against their unlimited data customers. Basically, Verizon has no plans on throttling tiered data customers. Why would they? Those customers have to pay for whatever data they use.
Buckle in everyone, there is still two months to go before the plan goes into effect. I have a feeling there is going to be a lot more to this story in the coming days.
source: Washington Post