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Verizon Wireless won't make any new friends with this latest move to swat down heavy downloaders

When Verizon Wireless announced that the iPhone 4 would be coming to its network, the company made sure to make everyone know that its network was prepared to handle the onslaught of new devices. After all, Verizon Wireless is home to numerous Android devices which themselves tend to be data hungry.

Today, however, we're getting news that Verizon Wireless has plans to keep its network "in check" to ensure that it doesn't run into the same roadblocks as AT&T. Boy Genius Report noticed that the company has posted a new notice on its site [PDF] that targets heavy downloaders: 

Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve this, if you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand. Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren't negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users. 

Unfortunately, there is no indication of what threshold has to be crossed before Verizon Wireless will start throttling your speeds; and there is no indication of how slow your data speeds will be after getting busted by the company.

This new measure is effective starting today for those that sign a new contract or renew a contract.

The data throttling isn't the only change coming to Verizon Wireless. The company also announced that it is incorporating new transcoding technology into its network to help streamline data transfers. You can read more info about this technology here. 

Yesterday, AT&T announced that it would be expanding its tethering data allowance from 2GB to 4GB. This was seen as a move to better align the company with Verizon Wireless' data plans for the iPhone 4.

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RE: nice article picture...
By omnicronx on 2/3/2011 3:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you understand telecom.

Wireless carriers always want more spectrum. Especially in urban markets. When Verizon bought Alltel they had to sell (divest) a lot of spectrum in the overlapping markets, like Chicago, because Verizon already controlled the legal limit and divestiture was a requirement of the acquisition. They also had to give up customers in markets that they were already dominant. That is why a lot of Alltel customers were really confused when Verizon bought them out and they found out that they were going to AT&T because Verizon already owned over 70% of the market.
I don't think you understand what we are talking about here. There is only so much usuable spectrum, and we are quickly approaching capacity of usable spectrum for wireless needs (regardless of what is bought/claimed etc). Any spectrum being bought was previously occupied by something else, and we are pretty much at the point where there are no large chunks left. So I'm not sure why you are comparing the wireless industry of yesterday when this was not an issue. It will be completely irrelevant what carriers want if there is nothing left to be had.

I also don't think you understand how wireless communications work as your last paragraph makes little sense. What do high speed switches/fibre already in towers have to do with anything when each tower is limited to its own 20MHZ chunk of bandwidth? The way in which towers are connected is not the bottleneck.

RE: nice article picture...
By mcnabney on 2/3/2011 4:23:32 PM , Rating: 2
There is scads of it. But it has to be leaked out at high prices.

In New York, Verizon has 85mhz and AT&T has around 70mhz. That is right now.

Verizon recently paid about $10B for 20mhz in the 700mhz range - coast to coast. It ain't cheap.

There is plenty more available, just being held in reserve or not being used by TV broadcasters. Even the largest wireless company is barely using more than 2 TV stations worth in a large market. If a business isn't using it, give it back.

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