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June 1, 2006

Verizon Sends Termination Letters

By Glenn Fleishman

If you wondered what a Dear John letter from Verizon for loving their EVDO data service too much looks like, here you go: A member of SOCALWUG, a community wireless group in Southern California, links to an post showing part of the kiss-off letter from Verizon. Verizon reiterates the restrictions on its unlimited BroadbandAccess service—Internet browsing, email, and intranet access—and then says that the user exceeded 10 GB over 30 days, or 40 times average user activity.

This isn’t unreasonable. They can set limits and have expectations that most customers will follow them. But it does raise the question: how much usage can Verizon stand?

Increase the number of users tenfold on their network, and does that strain the system? Increase the average user’s use 10fold and increase users fourfold—same question.

That’s probably why MediaFLO is appealing for offloading streaming media entirely from the cellular spectrum. When MediaFLO is available, I could see even more restrictions on the regular cell data part.

Posted by Glennf at June 1, 2006 4:23 PM

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