'In this situation, we should have lifted the speed restriction when our customer reached out to us. "We are reviewing the situation and will fix any issues going forward". He said he hoped Verizon and other providers will provide assurances this will never happen again and asked state lawmakers to "harden our infrastructure to protect cell towers" against wildfires, which assist both first responders and evacuees. The repeal of net neutrality, he said, "allows and encourages" that behavior. I was able to work through Eric Prosser at the time to have service to the device restored and Eric communicated that Verizon had properly re-categorized the device as truly "unlimited".

The fire department has an unlimited government plan with Verizon, but the company slowed, or throttled, data speed once the agency reached a certain threshold, Bowden wrote in an August 20 court filing.

'This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services, ' Bowden said in a statement that is part of a lawsuit filed this week in a bid to reinstate federal net neutrality rules.

Unlike that plan, the new unlimited plan being developed by Verizon for first-responders will not restrict speeds "on mobile solutions" no matter how much data is used and "automatically includes priority access".


Bowden said his department has encountered data throttling during three different fires, including the Pawnee Fire in Lake County this summer.

Legislators sent a letter to the CEO of Verizon this afternoon calling for answers and assurances that the safety of first responders, and communities that are threatened by these massive blazes, will not be put in jeopardy so the company can pad their bank accounts.

He says he saw the writing on the wall on this issue past year, and six months ago, filed suit against the Federal Communications Commission over cell companies common practice of throttling, or "speed capping", data.

"Californians who depend on first responders to protect their lives and property were shocked to learn that a cellular service provider could use its pricing policies to hinder the efforts of firefighters in the early hours of the Mendocino Complex Fire", the committee's leaders, Democratic Assembly members Marc Levine of San Rafael and Monique Limon of Santa Barbara said in a joint statement.


In its own statement after the lawsuit addendum was filed, Verizon denied that this move was related to net neutrality.

Verizon will allow public safety workers, such as firefighters, police officers and Emergency Medical Services personnel - as well as the federal justice agencies, including the FBI, CIA and Secret Service - to have unlimited data with no price increases and data caps, said Tami Erwin, executive vice president of operations for Verizon Wireless. But Verizon insisted the data caps - which were a feature of the department's low-priced data plan - have no link to net neutrality. Verizon said it will reveal more in an announcement next week. It blamed a miscommunication with a company representative, who instead told the county to upgrade to a more expensive package.

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