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(CNN)   Verizon: Hey, we're gonna throttle the speeds of unlimited data customers during 'peak' hours; is that cool? FCC Chairman: So tell me...you morons like having that broadband ownership license, right?   (money.cnn.com) divider line 27
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2014-08-02 09:14:08 AM  
Verizon: "shut up and keep pushing the net neutrality destroying rule change"
 
2014-08-02 09:43:44 AM  
Since Wheeler is an industry hack, nothing will get done...and the lack of competition will continue to fark over consumers.
 
2014-08-02 11:22:51 AM  
Wait, you mean failing to protect Net Neutrality has CONSEQUENCES?
 
2014-08-02 11:45:06 AM  
I really don't understand all this shiat coming down while the FCC is deciding on net neutrality.  Do they just not give a shiat, or is this their way of giving the finger and saying "LOL assholes, we own the FCC" to the people that are outraged and have been petitioning?
 
2014-08-02 11:50:19 AM  
Not new- I had unlimited data through last year, and whenever I would hit around 2gb of data usage per month, suddenly my 4g would no longer work and I could only connect to 3G for the rest of the month. It was just amazing, you know.
 
2014-08-02 12:03:18 PM  

itsdan: Verizon: "shut up and keep pushing the net neutrality destroying rule change"


slayer199: Since Wheeler is an industry hack, nothing will get done...and the lack of competition will continue to fark over consumers.


"Keeping Up Appearances", a drama/comedy in 1 Act.

ISP: (attempts to circumvent rules/terms of plans to increase revenue)
FCC: Hey, assholes! Not allowed! Quit being dicks!
ISP: Ok ok ok, we clearly can't get away with that. We'll stop. Maybe. At some possible future point.
FCC (to public): See? Despite our chairman and chief being a former telco/cable lobbyist, he's not afraid to slap them around a bit! You guys have nothing to worry about. Everything is fine. We are acting in your best interests.
FCC (to ISP): Turn out the lights when you come to bed please.

Curtain.
 
2014-08-02 12:34:16 PM  
Nationalize the wires and towers.

Treat them exactly like the interstate highway system and let anyone with a server start their own internet provider. You know, some kind of free and open market where customers can vote with their wallets against bad companies.
 
2014-08-02 01:01:00 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Nationalize the wires and towers.

Treat them exactly like the interstate highway system and let anyone with a server start their own internet provider. You know, some kind of free and open market where customers can vote with their wallets against bad companies.


More or less like the UK. That's why I have over two hundred ISPs to choose from.
 
2014-08-02 01:10:40 PM  

Katie98_KT: Not new- I had unlimited data through last year, and whenever I would hit around 2gb of data usage per month, suddenly my 4g would no longer work and I could only connect to 3G for the rest of the month. It was just amazing, you know.


It's not new and every major carrier is doing it. I'm glad the FCC is at least noticing, even though they likely won't do anything. They say that knowing is half the battle, so things are improving.
 
2014-08-02 01:19:19 PM  
Someone is merely looking for a telecom job in two years.
 
2014-08-02 03:08:12 PM  
They'll just need to invest some more in their network by bribing congress to grant them an exemption.
 
2014-08-02 03:15:05 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Someone is merely looking for a telecom job in two years.


Nope. He had a telecom job as a lobbyist for Comcast before getting appointed.

I know Wheeler's just an industry shill. Still, even the appearance of him doing his job is a refreshing change from the usual 'sit on our hands and get paid millions' clown show that Almost all of Washington DC has become

Surprisingly, the only cure for the telecoms and ISPs is going to be competition, not regulation. Because Google is an outsider and not part of the current industry collusion, the existence of Google Fiber is going to do more to shake the industry up than Congress and the FCC could ever do.

/subby
 
2014-08-02 05:16:28 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Someone is merely looking for a telecom job in two years.

Nope. He had a telecom job as a lobbyist for Comcast before getting appointed.

I know Wheeler's just an industry shill. Still, even the appearance of him doing his job is a refreshing change from the usual 'sit on our hands and get paid millions' clown show that Almost all of Washington DC has become

Surprisingly, the only cure for the telecoms and ISPs is going to be competition, not regulation. Because Google is an outsider and not part of the current industry collusion, the existence of Google Fiber is going to do more to shake the industry up than Congress and the FCC could ever do.

/subby


Maybe Oliver's dingo crack hit a little too close to home.
 
2014-08-02 05:59:14 PM  

TopoGigo: RoyFokker'sGhost: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Someone is merely looking for a telecom job in two years.

Nope. He had a telecom job as a lobbyist for Comcast before getting appointed.

I know Wheeler's just an industry shill. Still, even the appearance of him doing his job is a refreshing change from the usual 'sit on our hands and get paid millions' clown show that Almost all of Washington DC has become

Surprisingly, the only cure for the telecoms and ISPs is going to be competition, not regulation. Because Google is an outsider and not part of the current industry collusion, the existence of Google Fiber is going to do more to shake the industry up than Congress and the FCC could ever do.

/subby

Maybe Oliver's dingo crack hit a little too close to home.


One can hope.
 
2014-08-02 06:18:56 PM  

Katie98_KT: Not new- I had unlimited data through last year, and whenever I would hit around 2gb of data usage per month, suddenly my 4g would no longer work and I could only connect to 3G for the rest of the month. It was just amazing, you know.


Have you tried restarting your phone? Mine does the same thing even though I'm not on unlimited data, but a quick restart usually rectifies the problem.
 
2014-08-02 08:01:56 PM  

Katie98_KT: Not new- I had unlimited data through last year, and whenever I would hit around 2gb of data usage per month, suddenly my 4g would no longer work and I could only connect to 3G for the rest of the month. It was just amazing, you know.


I have not had that problem with my current phone (Droid Maxx); I had it occasionally with my previous phone (HTC Thunderbolt).  I am still on "unlimited" data and pay for wireless hotspot. I use between 7 and 10 GB a month. My Verizon 4G speeds beat the pants off my ISP landline and many motel WiFi hotspots, even at the end of service month. .

I don't like how much Verizon costs me each month, but their coverage in my regular travel areas (which includes some pretty rural places) works for me. And I have consistently received good customer service, both on the phone and in the stores. I told them I had changed employers, and they said "wait until you get the 'we want to confirm your discount' letter. Your old employer has a better discount."  When I finally got the letter, by the time I went in, they found a better discount under one of our subsidiaries and used that one. Before that, their phone CSR's told me how to save money while roaming in Canada (pre-smartphone).

I haven't dug into their TOS for awhile, but before LTE, their TOS could get you "TOS'd" if you went over 5GB a month (which would be painful, even on Rev. A EvDO).

I was actually surprised to see this come from the FCC Chair. Given his background, and the statements he has made on Net Neutrality, I would have expected silence.

Ionessa: Have you tried restarting your phone? Mine does the same thing even though I'm not on unlimited data, but a quick restart usually rectifies the problem.


Katie98_RT might not even have to do that. On the rare times it happens to me, cycling airplane mode on and off usually gets my LTE back, as long as my phone can "see" an LTE signal.
 
2014-08-02 10:24:14 PM  

Ionessa: Katie98_KT: Not new- I had unlimited data through last year, and whenever I would hit around 2gb of data usage per month, suddenly my 4g would no longer work and I could only connect to 3G for the rest of the month. It was just amazing, you know.

Have you tried restarting your phone? Mine does the same thing even though I'm not on unlimited data, but a quick restart usually rectifies the problem.


weilu.github.io
 
2014-08-03 12:58:34 AM  
I would so love to see Verizon lose 4G spectrum because of this. They pulled this BS on the 3G, and unlimited customers get a speed of exactly 0.00 Mb/s half the time because of this. At least AT&T just reduced the speed. Verizon cuts it out entirely.
 
2014-08-03 08:13:19 AM  
This is nothing farking new. All cell companies have been doing this except AT&T since they don't offer unlimited anymore.
 
2014-08-03 10:22:04 AM  

Chris45215: I would so love to see Verizon lose 4G spectrum because of this. They pulled this BS on the 3G, and unlimited customers get a speed of exactly 0.00 Mb/s half the time because of this. At least AT&T just reduced the speed. Verizon cuts it out entirely.


All of the customers and 50% of the time?? Lol.. Citation needed
 
2014-08-03 10:24:54 AM  

Unobtanium: Katie98_KT: Not new- I had unlimited data through last year, and whenever I would hit around 2gb of data usage per month, suddenly my 4g would no longer work and I could only connect to 3G for the rest of the month. It was just amazing, you know.

I have not had that problem with my current phone (Droid Maxx); I had it occasionally with my previous phone (HTC Thunderbolt).  I am still on "unlimited" data and pay for wireless hotspot. I use between 7 and 10 GB a month. My Verizon 4G speeds beat the pants off my ISP landline and many motel WiFi hotspots, even at the end of service month. .

I don't like how much Verizon costs me each month, but their coverage in my regular travel areas (which includes some pretty rural places) works for me. And I have consistently received good customer service, both on the phone and in the stores. I told them I had changed employers, and they said "wait until you get the 'we want to confirm your discount' letter. Your old employer has a better discount."  When I finally got the letter, by the time I went in, they found a better discount under one of our subsidiaries and used that one. Before that, their phone CSR's told me how to save money while roaming in Canada (pre-smartphone).

I haven't dug into their TOS for awhile, but before LTE, their TOS could get you "TOS'd" if you went over 5GB a month (which would be painful, even on Rev. A EvDO).

I was actually surprised to see this come from the FCC Chair. Given his background, and the statements he has made on Net Neutrality, I would have expected silence.

Ionessa: Have you tried restarting your phone? Mine does the same thing even though I'm not on unlimited data, but a quick restart usually rectifies the problem.

Katie98_RT might not even have to do that. On the rare times it happens to me, cycling airplane mode on and off usually gets my LTE back, as long as my phone can "see" an LTE signal.


Do you use your phone for a hotspot or do you have one of those portable units?

Because if you use Verizon and pay to use your phone as a hotspot for other devices you're wasting money.

I use FoxFi on my phone to tether my tab which is WiFi only. I paid $5 for FoxFi and don't pay Verizon shiat. Fark them.

As long as I still have unlimited data, I find ways to waste data. I stream radio on my phone overnight and during the work day, and use my tab at home and stream all sorts of video.

From July 5th up to today I've used 19.32 gigs, so I'll have well over 20gigs used by August 5th.

/suck my white ass Verizon
 
2014-08-03 11:26:41 AM  
Verizon's response will be "fine, hey month to month unlimited users... Instead of throttling the highest users, we will cancel everyone's unlimited plan. Here's 2 GB"
 
2014-08-03 11:41:08 AM  

Chris45215: I would so love to see Verizon lose 4G spectrum because of this. They pulled this BS on the 3G, and unlimited customers get a speed of exactly 0.00 Mb/s half the time because of this. At least AT&T just reduced the speed. Verizon cuts it out entirely.


This issue is kind of ironic. Verizon just launched an add campagin saying that they did not throttle internet service. Wonder how they will explain this one to consumers.
 
2014-08-03 01:21:12 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: This is nothing farking new. All cell companies have been doing this except AT&T since they don't offer unlimited anymore.


Still plenty of us on AT&T's ancient grandfathered unlimited plan. Makes me a nervous wreck every time I buy a new iphone to carefully make sure I don't lose the plan.
 
2014-08-03 02:29:51 PM  

KawaiiNot: drjekel_mrhyde: This is nothing farking new. All cell companies have been doing this except AT&T since they don't offer unlimited anymore.

Still plenty of us on AT&T's ancient grandfathered unlimited plan. Makes me a nervous wreck every time I buy a new iphone to carefully make sure I don't lose the plan.


I'm on AT&T and I've never had any trouble keeping my unlimited data plan. Multiple phone upgrades and contract renewals, etc. Even when I converted to a friends and family plan they let me keep the old data plan (on my phone anyway, not for the extra lines).
 
2014-08-03 04:22:50 PM  

tbhouston: Chris45215: I would so love to see Verizon lose 4G spectrum because of this. They pulled this BS on the 3G, and unlimited customers get a speed of exactly 0.00 Mb/s half the time because of this. At least AT&T just reduced the speed. Verizon cuts it out entirely.

All of the customers and 50% of the time?? Lol.. Citation needed


I can send you screenshots of the speedtest app on my phone if you really want. I've not run it for a long while because I know what it'll show, but there's a long run of 0.00 to 0.05 Mb/s across many weeks and months.

I define "half the time" as "half of the time when it is attempted", because that's the meaningful number to the customer. No one's impressed if Verizon has great speed at 5 AM. Also, the app won't even begin to run if it cannot establish a connection, which is a significant portion of the time as well


Also, it's important to note that the throttling carries from one month to the next. So if someone used 4GB when throttled, they are immediately throttled again at the start of the next cycle.
Naturally, there is no setting on the phone to self-throttle to prevent videos from streaming at their best possible bandwidth.
 
2014-08-03 06:23:19 PM  

Unobtanium: Katie98_KT: Not new- I had unlimited data through last year, and whenever I would hit around 2gb of data usage per month, suddenly my 4g would no longer work and I could only connect to 3G for the rest of the month. It was just amazing, you know.

I have not had that problem with my current phone (Droid Maxx); I had it occasionally with my previous phone (HTC Thunderbolt).  I am still on "unlimited" data and pay for wireless hotspot. I use between 7 and 10 GB a month. My Verizon 4G speeds beat the pants off my ISP landline and many motel WiFi hotspots, even at the end of service month. .

I don't like how much Verizon costs me each month, but their coverage in my regular travel areas (which includes some pretty rural places) works for me. And I have consistently received good customer service, both on the phone and in the stores. I told them I had changed employers, and they said "wait until you get the 'we want to confirm your discount' letter. Your old employer has a better discount."  When I finally got the letter, by the time I went in, they found a better discount under one of our subsidiaries and used that one. Before that, their phone CSR's told me how to save money while roaming in Canada (pre-smartphone).

I haven't dug into their TOS for awhile, but before LTE, their TOS could get you "TOS'd" if you went over 5GB a month (which would be painful, even on Rev. A EvDO).

I was actually surprised to see this come from the FCC Chair. Given his background, and the statements he has made on Net Neutrality, I would have expected silence.

Ionessa: Have you tried restarting your phone? Mine does the same thing even though I'm not on unlimited data, but a quick restart usually rectifies the problem.

Katie98_RT might not even have to do that. On the rare times it happens to me, cycling airplane mode on and off usually gets my LTE back, as long as my phone can "see" an LTE signal.


Wait, you pay for Wifi hotspot? How does that work?
 
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