The Switchboard: Verizon tells the FCC that all carriers throttle data

August 5, 2014
(Don Ryan, Associated Press)
(Don Ryan, Associated Press)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from The Switch team.

Verizon response to FCC's throttling concerns: everyone's doing it. "Every other major wireless provider in the United States — AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — has already implemented some form of data throttling or 'network optimization' as it's often called," reports The Verge. 'This practice has been widely accepted with little or no controversy,' writes [Federal Regulatory Affairs senior vice president Kathleen] Grillo. Verizon goes a step further and says its competitors often have 'less tailored' policies that can impact customers even when network congestion isn't an issue."

U.S. moves closer to formal rules barring in-flight cellphone calls. The Wall Street Journal reports: "The Department of Transportation plans to pursue the next step in what could lead to a formal ban on in-flight calls, the agency's general counsel Kathryn Thomson, said in a speech last week at the International Aviation Club in Washington, according to people present."

Watch this wireless hack pop a car’s locks in minutes. "Shims and coat hangers are the clumsy tools of last century’s car burglars," according to Wired. "Modern-day thieves, if they’re as clever as Silvio Cesare, may be able to unlock your vehicle’s door without even touching it."

Wikipedia link hidden by 'right to be forgotten.' "A Wikipedia entry has been removed from certain Google search results, under the new EU "right to be forgotten" law," reports the BBC. "The landmark ruling, passed in May, allowed Europeans to ask for links to 'irrelevant' and outdated personal data to be removed from search engines."

PayPal's two-factor authentication is easily beaten, researcher says. Computerworld reports: "Joshua Rogers, a 17-year-old based in Melbourne, found a way to get access to a PayPal account that has enabled two-factor authentication. He published details of the attack on his blog on Monday after he said PayPal failed to fix the flaw despite being notified on June 5."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecom, broadband and digital politics. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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