Kamala Harris Wants Ajit Pai to Investigate Verizon Over Reports of Company Limiting First Responder Data During California’s Largest Wildfire
California Democratic Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein want the telecom industry and the FCC to provide information on the how the industry handles data plans for first responders. In a letter to FCC Chair Ajit Pai, the pair asked him to investigate Verizon's throttling of firefighters during the Mendocino Complex Fire -- California's largest-ever wildfire. “As you know, a key part of the FCC's work is to ensure that Internet service providers such as Verizon are transparent about the terms of the services they provide to customers," Feinstein and Harris wrote. "Communications between the [Santa Clara County fire] department and Verizon suggest that SCFD believed the data plan it purchased from Verizon was not subject to any data limits or throttling. We therefore ask the FCC to investigate whether Verizon violated [the transparency rule]." In a separate set of letters, they also called on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile to guarantee service to first responders during emergencies and clarify policies regarding unlimited data plans. During the Mendocino Complex Fire, Verizon restricted data speeds for the Santa Clara Fire Department, despite the fact the department had purchased an unlimited data plan. More here.