Texas lawmaker wants to ban mobile throttling in disaster areas

Earlier this week, a member of the Texas state legislature introduced a bill that would make it a crime for a telecommunications company, like Verizon or AT&T, to throttle internet service in declared disaster areas, according to KUT News. This Texas bill, HB 1426, doesn’t go any further to codify net neutrality rules, only prohibiting carriers from restricting internet access in disaster areas. It does not ban behaviors like throttling in any other scenarios. Over 100 other bills regarding net neutrality have been introduced at the state level following the Federal Communications Commission’s move to roll back the protections in 2017. Republican commissioners, like Chairman Ajit Pai, have argued that even without Title II or “utility”... Continue reading…

Texas lawmaker wants to ban mobile throttling in disaster areas

Democrat proposes ban apparently in response to Verizon throttling firefighters.

Mon 11 Feb 19 from Arstechnica

This Texas Bill Would Forbid Wireless Carriers From Throttling Service During Disasters

During the terrible wildfires that ravaged some California counties, firefighters working to save lives and property had a problem with the cellular data service they were receiving on the ...

Sun 10 Feb 19 from HotHardware

Texas bill would make it illegal to throttle data in disaster areas

The revelation that Verizon (Engadget's parent company) throttled California firefighters' data is prompting new legislation... in Texas. State Representative Bobby Guerra ...

Sat 9 Feb 19 from Engadget

Texas net neutrality bill targets throttling during disasters

A new bill being introduced by the Texas House of Representatives aims to make it a crime to throttle data services during disaster or emergency situations, or otherwise declared disaster areas. ...

Sat 9 Feb 19 from Techspot

Texas bill would ban throttling in disaster areas

Earlier this week, a member of the Texas state legislature introduced a bill that would make it a crime for a telecommunications company, like Verizon or AT&T, to throttle internet ...

Sat 9 Feb 19 from The Verge

Senators want FCC to investigate whether carriers throttle YouTube, Netflix - CNET

Lawmakers are concerned this could violate FCC transparency rules.

Thu 7 Feb 19 from CNET

Verizon's Super Bowl ad honors first responders months after throttling incident - CNET

Santa Clara firefighters say the carrier slowed their data service to a crawl during the California wildfires.

Mon 4 Feb 19 from CNET

Verizon Super Bowl ad honors first responders after wildfire throttling scandal

Last night, Verizon launched a Super Bowl ad campaign honoring first responders, months after a scandal over throttling firefighters during a wildfire crisis in California. The ...

Mon 4 Feb 19 from The Verge

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