Verizon has enacted a new policy today that allows them to throttle “high” bandwidth users on their network well their words were “extraordinary”. Were not sure exactly what “high” or “extraordinary” means but it is probably over 2GB of data per month. This comes as the iPhone launches on Verizon’s network. The policy is said to only affect the top 5% of data users on the network. When these 5% of users hit the soft limit they will be throttled during peak times of the day.
Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve this, if you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand. Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren’t negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users.
Now, being throttled during peak hours doesn’t sound so bad as long as it doesn’t happen 100% of the time. If I had unlimited bandwidth on my contract with Verizon I would definitely be using as much as I can and would not like being slowed or stopped.
The new limits are supposed to only apply to customers that subscribe to a data plan on or after February 3rd 2011. Although I can see this affecting customers that are currently subscribed, and it will definitely affect all the users switching to the new iPhone as they will have to purchase data plans. Read the rest of their statement in the PDF file in the source.