California Firefighters' Efforts Hindered By Verizon Data Block

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Verizon is being blamed for hampering efforts to battle the Mendocino Complex fire in Northern California after they slowed down the speed of the departments wireless data service.  In a federal court filing this week, Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden says the fire department's connection was "throttled down" to a tiny fraction of previous speeds.  Bowden explained "Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding county fire's ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services."  Verizon has admitted to making a mistake.

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