Verizon to begin throttling data speeds of heaviest usersAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
If you're a heavy data user on Verizon, you may want to consider cutting down on your usage a bit, otherwise you'll be facing some seriously slowed speeds in the future. According to a document posted to Verizon's website, the carrier will begin throttling the data of its subscribers that use an "extraordinary amount of data." The plan would be to lower speeds for the remainder of the billing cycle to make sure that a user's insatiable data hunger doesn't disturb the experience of other users. Alongside the throttling, Verizon details plans to optimize data use in the same doc, which VZW says will allow them to "transmit data files in a more efficient manner to allow available network capacity to benefit the greatest number of users." Check out the whole PDF for yourself at the source link.
There has been news of T-Mobile throttling data, and rumors of Sprint doing the same, so it's not surprising that Verizon would consider throttling speeds of heavy users, too. With the VeriPhone on the horizon, I'm sure that they want to make sure the experience is as smooth as possible so that they don't fall into the same situation that AT&T has been when it comes to data usage. I'm sure that a lot of people won't be affected by Big Red's data throttling, but I also wouldn't be surprised if some of you are heavy users. If you fall into the latter group, it may be time to cut down on the data usage just a bit. What do you all think of Verizon throttling and optimizing data use?
Via BGR, Verizon (PDF)