Verizon Slowed Down Internet Data Speed for Fire Fighters Battling Fires in Northern California This Summer, and Democrats Want Answers
Many individual cell-phone consumers are unfortunately familiar with providers’ practice of “throttling,” or intentionally slowing down internet speed and data transfer rates.
However, some say Verizon, one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies, took things too far when it throttled data usage of the Santa Clara County Fire Department while firefighters were battling the Mendocino Complex Fire in July, the largest wildfire the state has seen to date.
Life with a smartphone means a never-ending search for more power. Recharging our phones is a constant concern, especially for people who travel or work away from an outlet. We cross our fingers we will make it to the end of the day, or at least till our next charging opportunity. Also, the older the phone or battery, the more frequently it needs a top off. Now, researchers have developed a cell phone that recharges itself by harvesting ambient radio signals and light — no battery needed. In other words, this phone will never run out of power.