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Wireless carriers fight ban on throttling firefighters during emergencies

Enlarge / A West Covina firefighter pulls a hose away from a horse barn that burns as the Mendocino Complex Fire moves through the area on July 31, 2018, in Lakeport, Calif. Getty Images | Justin Sullivan The US mobile industry’s top lobbying group is opposing a proposed California state law that would prohibit throttling …

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Texas lawmaker wants to ban mobile throttling in disaster areas

Enlarge / Texas’ state flag. Getty Images | CGinspiration A Texas lawmaker is proposing a state law that would prohibit wireless carriers from throttling mobile Internet service in disaster areas. Bobby Guerra, a Democratic member of the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives, filed the bill last week. “A mobile Internet service provider may not impair …

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Texas bill would make it illegal to throttle data in disaster areas

Reuters/Richard Rodriguez The revelation that Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) throttled California firefighters’ data is prompting new legislation… in Texas. State Representative Bobby Guerra has submitted a bill that would make it illegal for wireless carriers to “impair or degrade” mobile data in declared disaster areas. In other words, a provider couldn’t throttle any service in …

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