Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers

Verizon today released a statement letting customers know that it no longer plans to throttle users who still have a grandfathered unlimited data plan that allows for unlimited LTE data usage.

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Verizon is committed to providing its customers with an unparalleled mobile network experience. At a time of ever-increasing mobile broadband data usage, we not only take pride in the way we manage our network resources, but also take seriously our responsibility to deliver exceptional mobile service to every customer. We've greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning network optimization and we've decided not to move forward with the planned implementation of network optimization for 4G LTE customers on unlimited plans. Exceptional network service will always be our priority and we remain committed to working closely with industry stakeholders to manage broadband issues so that American consumers get the world-class mobile service they expect and value.
Verizon's LTE data throttling, first announced in July, was set to go into effect today. It would have seen the top five percent of unlimited data users throttled at times of peak usage, which Verizon referred to as "Network Optimization."

Verizon's plan to throttle its customers sparked quite a bit of interest from the FCC, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sending the carrier a letter saying he was "deeply troubled" by the decision. Wheeler also questioned the legality of Verizon's throttling plans and though Verizon responded and its usage restrictions were permitted under current law, it appears the carrier has decided not to go through with its plans due to the response from both the FCC and its own customers.

While Verizon won't be throttling high-usage LTE customers, it has long restricted 3G data usage for unlimited users. Other carriers, such as AT&T, have also implemented LTE usage restrictions for grandfathered unlimited plans, and while the FCC is now questioning all carriers on their network management policies, no other changes have been announced.



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57 months ago
I'm hoping AT&T has a "me too" moment like every other carrier.
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57 months ago
Can't wait for T-mobile's next epic move!
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57 months ago

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Verizon today released a statement (http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/1/6882339/verizon-calls-off-throttling-unlimited-lte-data) letting customers know that it no longer plans to throttle users who still have a grandfathered unlimited data plan that allows for unlimited LTE data usage.

Image (https://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2014/07/verizon_lte_reliable.jpg)Verizon's LTE data throttling, first announced in July (https://www.macrumors.com/2014/07/25/verizon-spot-throttling-unlimited-lte/), was set to go into effect today. It would have seen the top five percent of unlimited data users throttled at times of peak usage, which Verizon referred to as "Network Optimization (http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/07/network-optimization.html)."

Verizon's plan to throttle its customers sparked quite a bit of interest from the FCC, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sending the carrier a letter (https://www.macrumors.com/2014/07/30/fcc-questions-verizon-throttling-plan/) saying he was "deeply troubled" by the decision. Wheeler also questioned the legality of Verizon's throttling plans and though Verizon responded (https://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/04/verizon-fcc-throttling-dispute/) and its usage restrictions were permitted under current law, it appears the carrier has decided not to go through with its plans due to the response from both the FCC and its own customers.

While Verizon won't be throttling high-usage LTE customers, it has long restricted 3G data usage for unlimited users. Other carriers, such as AT&T, have also implemented LTE usage restrictions for grandfathered unlimited plans, and while the FCC is now questioning all carriers (https://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/08/fcc-questions-all-carriers-on-throttling/) on their network management policies, no other changes have been announced.

Article Link: Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers (https://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/01/verizon-no-throttling-unlimited-lte-customers/)


FCC = 1 Verizon Wireless = -10
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57 months ago
Nice win for Verizon customers on UDP!
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57 months ago
AT&T will not stop throttling. The only reason Verizon did is because the C-Block spectrum they got specifically states that you can't throttle users.
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57 months ago
So generous of Verizon! I'm sure the fcc investigating them had nothing to do with this.

Can I go back to my old unlimited data plan? I lost the grandfathered plan when I got a new 2yr contract...


Ha, you're joking right?
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57 months ago
Please PLEASE AT&T! Follow Verizon's lead! I'm sick of being throttled one week into my cycle and having to put up with EDGE speeds for the rest of the month.
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57 months ago
And, then there's dip*****s (IMO) like jtownatpunk.net in this Slashdot thread - bragging about grabbing both ISO files of Windows 10 on a VZW connection... Just because he/she could...

http://beta.slashdot.org/story/207975
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57 months ago
Yay # Unlimited Data with my iPhone 6 Plus. Oh happy day. #
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57 months ago

In Los Angeles Verizon, although the most constantly consistant network, is no longer the fastest. Amazingly enough T-Mobile now takes the cake. On my iPhone 6, I regularly... About 70% of the time... Get 38/mbs downloads. Sometimes I even hit 50 and 60s. In Los Angeles with its network congestion, this is mostly unheard of. AT&T's LTE is mostly miserable save for a few obscure towers... And sprint's is pure garbage unless you have a great signal and spark capability. t-mobile's postpaid unlimited and unthrottled $80 a month plan is truly unbelievable with these kind of speeds and they deserve all the press and attention they're getting lately. It's an incredible turnaround.

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My friends using Jailbroken iPhones using Verizon Unlimited 4G LTE regularly pull 2-3TB a month in data useage and use it as their primary Internet connection. And they should...they live right under one of the new XLTE towers and they paid for unlimited service. And boy do they get it...

At $15-25 per GB... How much would 3TB a month cost? Exactly.

Well, like I said, some crazy data usage. Most people even with a stable fast cable/fiber/etc. internet connection hardly do more than a few hundred GB a month.

That said, what those people are doing isn't really the appropriate use of what Verizon provides, and then we wonder why they want to throttle or get people off the "unlimited" plans.

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Yeah, pretty crazy data usage for a mobile data service.
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