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Texas lawmaker wants to ban mobile throttling in disaster areas

Monday February 11, 2019. 10:38 PM , from Ars Technica
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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 or degrade lawful mobile Internet service access in an area subject to a declared state of disaster,' the bill says. If passed, it would take effect on September 1, 2019.
The bill, reported by NPR affiliate KUT, appears to be a response to Verizon's throttling of an 'unlimited' data plan used by Santa Clara County firefighters during a wildfire response in California last year. But Guerra's bill would prohibit throttling in disaster areas of any customer, not just public safety officials.
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