California has seen a lot of wildfires break out this summer, and the Santa Clara County Fire department has been stretched out trying to fight that fire. However, there efforts were greatly hampered due to slow internet (or rather due to data throttling) by Verizon.
In a legal challenge to the FCC’s net neutrality repeal case, the Santa Clara County Fire Marshal Anthony Bowden, filed documents explaining how Verizon actions of slowing their devices speeds during the fire crisis compromised their firefighting response.
In the documents, Bowden writes that the Santa Clara County Fire department had bought unlimited data plan from Verizon for support of a unit’s connection. After the unit consumed about 25GB, the speed was throttled down “to 1/200, or less.”
He says the slow internet “had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services,” The unit’s fire responders were unable to properly track and route the firefighting resources as the internet was very slow to allow timely operations.
The firefighters reached out to Verizon and let them know their data throttling was hampering an on-going firefighting mission and thus placed a lot of lives …read more