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Verizon responds to Find Me 911 Coalition

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FindMe911.org Several weeks ago, the Find Me 911 Coalition found data given to the FCC which shows that 9 out of 10 wireless 911 calls made in Washington, D.C. in the first half of 2013 were done so without the proper location information needed for first responders. According to the data, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Find Me 911 Coalition, a public interest group, only 10.3 percent of the wireless calls made to the D.C. Office of Unified Communications from December 2012 to July 2013 included the latitude-longitude needed to find a caller. Of…

Verizon to throttle 4G LTE users with unlimited plans starting October 1

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  According to droid-life, Verizon will begin throttling 4G LTE customers on unlimited data plans starting on October 1, 2014. Before this change, Verizon only throttled 3G connections of those with unlimited data plans. Verizon likes to dress up this as “Network Optimization” which according to them means that a customer will only be throttled if: Top 5% of data users (you use 4.7GB of data per month or more) Enrolled on an unlimited data plan or feature Have fulfilled their minimum contract term Are attempting to use data on a cell site that is experiencing high demand As droid-life…

Verizon sends $3,000 bill to business that doesn’t use Verizon

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Talking Points Memo recently received a bill from Verizon for $3,019.95. Considering TPM doesn’t use Verizon for any service (and hasn’t since 2012), they were a bit shocked to be receiving anything from Verizon. So, just call up Verizon and set things straight? “So after a little internal due diligence, someone on staff contacted Verizon basically to ask WTF was going on. Only they couldn’t tell us because for security reasons we need to confirm our identity with a number on a recent phone bill? But we can’t do that because … right we’re not a Verizon customer.” - TPM TPM wasn’t…

Verizon Multicast LTE video coming in 2015

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hotdigitalnews Recently, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo mentioned that their upgraded multicast wireless video capabilities will be commercially available in 2015. According to Light Reading, Shammo is quoted as stating that Verizon will start to embed multicast chips in handsets by the end of 2014 while the LTE network will be ready in 2015. Shammo went on to explain the difference between 4G wireless streaming video and multicast video as: “If everybody in this room was to watch the same video today we would probably bring down the cell site, because there wouldn’t be enough channels in that cell site to deliver…

Despite subscriber additions, carriers face growth questions

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BusinessWire As this site discussed earlier today, T-Mobile is expected to continue their reign as the “fastest-growing” carrier once Q2 results are released later this month. Now, the Wall Street Journal notes that although analysts expect all major carriers (except Sprint) to continue overall net additions of postpaid subscribers (which usually leads to higher earnings and better margins) in the Q2, there are also a number of questions marks about the near future of the major wireless carriers. Even with those additions, Verizon did not see their earnings rise after interest, taxes (well, if they pay any), depreciation and amortization. In fact, margins…

Verizon experiencing widespread service issues in Virginia, DC & Maryland

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Verizon is having significant issues with their FiOS services and wireless services across Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Verizon customers first started noticing the outage — which mostly impacted Internet service, but also TV and wireless service — at about 7 p.m. Sunday. Verizon officials say service issue was fixed just after midnight Monday. – CBSLocal Although Verizon claims to have fixed the issues, I can personally attest to continued problems across the board (I live in Arlington, VA). One look on twitter can see that I am not alone. Additionally, Verizon’s outage map shows service problems throughout the D.C. area. DownDetector

Did Verizon admit to slowing down Netflix?

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DailyTech Last May, Level 3 noted that six of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) were intentionally creating points of “permanent congestion” by refusing to upgrade their side of transit-operator facing connection links which can only be resolved through direct interconnection payments to the ISP’s. Yet, Verizon and other ISP’s have consistently denied that any slowdown issues are their fault. Over the last month, Verizon and Netflix have intensified their public peering and interconnection fight. Verizon has recently taken to their blog to deny that the Netflix issues are absolutely not due to any congestion. TekSyndicate In their blog post, Verizon stated that they had…