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FCC Questions Verizon’s Limits On Unlimited Data

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday grilled Verizon on its plans to slow down the data of the top 5 percent of 4G LTE unlimited users.

For the past two and half years, Verizon has engaged in a process commonly known as throttling that slows down the data of the top 5 percent of the heaviest 3G data users. On Friday the company announced this policy, which they’ve termed “network optimization,” would be expanded to 4G LTE unlimited data users in October.

But Wheeler won’t let that happen so fast. In the letter to Verizon, he wrote that he was “deeply troubled” by the announcement. He said if Verizon describes this policy as “network management,” under the Commission’s rules it would have to base such management on network architecture or technology — not specific plans.

“I know of no past Commission statement that would treat as ‘reasonable network…

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