Verizon Says Throttling Plan Is within FCC Guidelines

Posted by at 12:34 pm on August 5, 2014

Verizon Wireless further defended its intent to throttle select customers of its unlimited LTE plans today, going so far as to suggest that its parameters are already familiar to the FCC.

Last month, Verizon announced plans to slow down the data speeds of its heaviest unlimited LTE 4G customers in congested areas to protect the experience of all customers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler later suggested the idea was “deeply troubling” to him and asked Verizon to explain itself. Verizon’s senior VP of regulatory affairs, Kathleen Grillo, penned a response to the FCC and said, “The type of network optimization policy that we follow has been endorsed by the FCC as a narrowly targeted way to ensure a fair allocation of capacity during times of congestion. In short, this practice has been widely accepted with little or no controversy.”

Verizon further suggested that its fellow wireless network operators follow similar practices when it comes to network management. The FCC has not said if it will take any action against Verizon, not did the FCC say it was satisfied by Verizon’s explanation.

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