Verizon Lifts First Responders’ Data Restrictions After Criticism of Slowing Service to Firefighters in California

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Firefighters monitor a back fire as they battle the Medocino Complex fire on Aug. 7, 2018, near Lodoga. (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Firefighters monitor a back fire as they battle the Medocino Complex fire on Aug. 7, 2018, near Lodoga. (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

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Verizon Wireless on Friday said it will immediately stop imposing data speed restrictions on first responders throughout the West Coast and Hawaii after facing intense criticism for reducing service to firefighters battling California’s largest-ever wildfire.

The telecommunication giant also said it will move forward in the coming weeks on a plan that will feature unlimited data without restrictions for public safety officials.

The announcement comes in a summer of epic fires in California and as Hawaii is grappling with torrential rainfall, flooding and power outages stemming from Hurricane Lane.

Verizon’s plan, which was discussed among state Assembly members during a committee meeting on Friday, was made public on the heels of revelations that the company slowed the speed of Santa Clara County firefighters’ data as they helped battle the massive Mendocino Complex fire in July.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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