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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.

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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.

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