A Northern California fire department says Verizon slowed its wireless data speeds to a crawl last month, rendering some of its high-tech tracking equipment almost useless as firefighters battled the largest wildfire in state history.
In an August 20 court filing, Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden said his department relies on internet services to keep track of fast-moving fires and coordinate resources and efforts among emergency personnel.
American ISPs are almost cartoonishly evil.
Sounds like they need a separate network, developed by the government, to guarantee a level of service.
This sounds like an ideal test case.
Let’s be real, the only reason it’s “a mistake” is because of the terrible optics of hurting firefighters. For average joe nobodies, verizon’s policy of dealing with high usage on “unlimited” packages is termination.
To be clear, I don’t mind limits, but for the sake of truthful advertising this needs to be declared up-front! Bandwidth is expensive, I get it, but if a carrier can not afford to offer unlimited bandwidth for the whole billing period then they’ve got no business selling plans labeled as “unlimited”.