The Mendocino Complex Fire (Cal Fire photo/Twitter)

Firefighters Say Verizon ‘Throttled’ Data, Crippling Communications During California Wildfire

A Bay Area firefighting agency, assisting with the response to the massive Mendocino Complex Fire, says its communications were crippled by Verizon through a controversial practice known as “throttling.”

The Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District says a communications vehicle it dispatched to the Mendocino Complex, the largest wildfire in California’s history, was rendered essentially useless after Verizon reduced data speeds to a fraction of what firefighters needed.

Santa Clara’s complaint was lodged in a legal brief filed Monday as part of a major lawsuit aimed at restoring “net neutrality,” the doctrine that says all internet traffic must be treated equally. The Federal Communications Commission last year repealed net neutrality, which had been implemented in 2015 by the Obama administration.

Read more at the Sacramento Bee

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