FCC Chairman not convinced with Verizon’s childish ‘throttling’ argument

FCC Chairman not convinced with Verizon’s childish ‘throttling’ argument

On Friday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters that he was not convinced with bigwig wireless carrier Verizon's argument in defense of its decision to throttle wireless data speeds for heavy users during peak usage hours.

Verizon had said in a July announcement that, beginning October, it will start throttling speeds for its top 5 percent of high-speed data users on its older unlimited data plans.

When Wheeler expressed concerns about the data throttling move to be put in place by Verizon, the carrier - in an earlier-this-week statement - defended its decision by putting forth argument that throttling "has been widely accepted with little or no controversy." Verizon also drew attention to the fact that its rivals - AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile - also throttle speeds as a way of maintaining network capacity.

However, Wheeler has called bullshit on Verizon's childish throttling explanation. Wheeler said: "'All the kids do it' was never something that worked with me when I was growing up and it didn't work with my kids."

Against the backdrop of Verizon's argument, Wheeler also said throttling wireless data is a practice followed by carriers simply for making more money from heavy data users.


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