LAKEPORT, CA - JULY 31: A West Covina firefighter pulls hose away from a horse barn that burns as the River Fire moves through the area on July 31, 2018 in Lakeport, California. The River Fire has burned over 27,000 acres, destroyed seven homes and stands at only eight percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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.

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In a 3-to-2 vote earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) implemented sweeping net neutrality rules, including prohibitions on site and app blocking, speed throttling, and paid fast lanes. It reclassified Internet providers’ services as “telecommunications services” under Title II of the Communications Act, giving the Commission the power to enforce these rules.

A BIG Win for Net Neutrality 

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