Aug. 24, 2018 –  Verizon, heavily criticized for “throttling” a Northern California fire agency’s communications equipment, said Friday it’s lifted data-speed restrictions on all first responders dealing with the state’s barrage of wildfires.

The telecommunications giant said the decision also affects emergency agencies helping with Hurricane Lane, which brought severe flooding to Hawaii on Friday. It added that it would roll out a new unlimited data plan with “priority access” for emergency agencies nationwide.