Verizon throttles firefighter’s plans responding to CA wildfire

ARS Technica has a write up on a fire department that had to pay twice as much to lift the throttling of their plan just to coordinate effectively in fighting a multi-acre fire.

This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services. Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire’s ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services.

-Fire Chief Anthony Bowden

There’s a list of how this throttling affected their fire response I won’t go into, really, check out the ARS Technica article.

TL;DR version is they couldn’t coordinate on their plan because Verizon throttled them to 1/200th of the speed, customer service refused to do anything to un-throttle them and forced them to get a new service plan at twice the price while they’re fighting a fire.

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