Verizon Backs Off New Data Throttling Policy After FCC Pressure

Verizon Wireless has ditched its controversial plan to begin slowing down data speeds for certain customers, just as the new policy was about to take effect, […]. The reversal by Verizon comes after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler criticized the new plan, and represents a small, if clear, victory for the FCC chief. In a statement, Wheeler praised Verizon’s decision to abandon the plan, which many critics called tantamount to “throttling.” […] The big wireless providers like Verizon and AT&T vehemently oppose the application of net neutrality to their networks, and it’s possible that Verizon’s decision to drop its “network optimization” plan represents a tactical concession designed to ward of tougher regulation under the FCC’s new Open Internet rules. – Sam Gustin,MOTHERBOARD
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