Verizon replies to FCC concerns regarding data throttling plan


Last week after getting word about Verizon’s plans to throttle data speeds for some customers, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said it was “disturbing” to him the path that Verizon was on. So disturbing that he issued a strongly worded letter asking Verizon to provide additional information to ensure the change was not in violation of some FCC directives. Verizon has now responded indicating that they are doing the same thing as other carriers.

In their response, Verizon argues that other carriers also throttle user data speeds in some situations. Verizon even provided the FCC with links to the network management plans of AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to help drive home the point.

Verizon also points out that the announced plans are effectively the same plan that was implemented three years ago for their 3G network. The update just adds 4G connections to the mix. According to Verizon, data will only be throttled for customers on older, unlimited data plans when they are accessing the network via cell sites that are experiencing high demand. Verizon says they are actually protecting the majority of their customers by doing this,

“Rather than an effort to ‘enhance [our] revenue streams,’ our practice is a measured and fair step to ensure that this small group of customers do not disadvantage all others in the sharing of network resources during times of high demand.”

Verizon chief executive Daniel S. Mead thinks the change will only impact a “tiny minority” of users. Approximately five percent of Verizon’s customers on their 4G LTE network still have unlimited data plans and could be subject to the slowdown. Verizon notes that the network optimization does not apply to business customers or government customers who are on unlimited data plans.

The FCC indicates they are reviewing the response.

source: <re/code>

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • mike

    Total BS. Why target older unlimited plans if you’re trying to save the rest of us? If VZ/ATT claim most people use less than 2Gb per month then who are they trying to save? No one, but force customers to upgrade. It should be ILLEGAL for them to change our contracts in anyway.