Verizon to fire department: you're exceeding your bandwidth while you fight wildfires, so we're throttling you

That won’t happen because a communal service is fundamentally different from a corporate racket.


Also asset tracking. I worked on this in a previous job. They use RFID to keep track of fire fighting equipment, so that they know what items have been exposed to what contaminants (asbestos would be an example), what processing is required on the equipment, what equipment is to be used in the mean time, and when will the equipment return from processing.

Along with that they have to know they can continue working with the the gear they have to hand. Its a logistical task similar to running an airline. It looks simple on the surface but in fact its not simple at all.


They are all corporations. They are all legally people. They are all bullying, psychopathic dicks.

Man, this really is an example of “friendly fire”! International Rescue. Cool!

Apparently OES 5262 is some sort of mobile command/communication system.

Apparently at least one of the devices on board was using cell data rather than an in-house RF link of some sort.

Not a terribly uncommon choice for some purposes: IP is enormously versatile (even if your wigets don’t speak it they can probably be tunnelled over it; and, thanks to consumer demand, coverage tends to be better than something that you out together by hanging radios off municipal buildings in the home town/city of the vehicle.

A lousy replacement for short range helmet-to-helmet stuff; or specialty needs(eg. you want that radio to work in a cave?); but an attractive alternative to needing a region-wide netowrk that is basically a cell network without economies of scale or having to break out the big microwave uplink dish all the time.

As long as your telco doesn’t do this…

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Funny you should mention that. A guy I work with has a hand held transceiver for amateur (ham) frequencies. He has a little gadget which acts as a very short range UHF repeater. It talks wifi and has a tunneled connection to actual repeaters across the state. He gets it on line through a hoptspot on his phone and runs it off a LiOn power bank.


Silly hu-man (ha-ha-ha).


water water everywhere not a drop to drink…

Working as intended

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While fire department personnel thought they were already paying for “truly” unlimited data, Verizon said they weren’t.

Because unlimited is a marketing term and not a description of service. Just remember who voted

Don’t forget to check the list before you vote


They’re probably on a similar government discount plan to what our library uses, “unlimited” hotspots get cranked down to a drip after 25 gig or so.

“You keep using that word. I do not think that word means what you think it means.”


Ah, the old ‘truth isn’t truth’ defense. Interesting how none of them were Dems.


^this one.

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No. Absolutely not.

But i do hope they PRETEND to be refusing to fight the fire without an exorbitant payment…you know, while they are setting up.

Since Verizon apparently imagines that this is normal behavior, they might pay up without thinking about it.

Then the firefighters can just take a huge bonus cause they don’t get rewarded enough for the shit they do

“we reduced the flow rate on our nozzles to 1/200 of the conventional rate,” or “we drove 1/200th of our normal rate of speed”

What’s the fine print say?

(If they keep this up somebody should go down to their offices and chop all of the points off of their pencils - and maybe the erasers, too!)

You should get an internet connection so you can look up answers to questions like this.

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