Feb 3rd, 2011

Uh-oh. Just because you folks get unlimited data doesn’t mean Verizon’s going to let you consume it as fast as you want. With the release of the iPhone 4, we’ve seen a lot of changes made to Verizon’s policies, and today’s revelation that they’ll be throttling speeds for heavy users is perhaps one of the most significant.

From a .PDF file found on their servers:

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.

Verizon also made mention of steps made to optimize data using a new compression technique they’ve been developing. A good majority of you probably won’t be affected by any of this, but we know some of you rooters tend to put that tether functionality to good use. Those days may be coming to an end, folks. [via BGR]

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