Verizon tries to douse criticism, touts “priority access” for first responders

Enlarge / Cal Fire firefighters monitor a back fire while battling the Medocino Complex fire on August 7, 2018 near Lodoga, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Verizon officials were contrite and apologetic during a California State Assembly committee hearing that was convened Friday to examine mobile Internet throttling experienced by firefighters during recent blazes. "We all make mistakes from time to time, the true measure of leadership is how soon we admit it, own it," Rudy Reyes told the Select Committee on Natural Disaster, Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding after reading from a statement that the company released hours earlier. In that statement, Verizon said it would be introducing a "new plan" with truly unlimited data and "priority access" for first responders nationwide. Read 16 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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