Verizon “Unlimited” Wireless Stills Hates Porn

Seems like just about everyone wrote us over the weekend to tell us just how wide Verizon was stretching the starfish of all its Unlimited Wireless Broadband customers. So let’s give ’em a shout-out for thinking of us! Thanks, jpac, Travis, Jeff, Uncle Bob and Sarlac, to name only a few!

Only problem? We’ve written about it before.

As a recap, Verizon sells Unlimited Wireless Broadband, but cancels you if you exceed an arbitrary limit, the theory being you could only download more than a few gigs a month if you were torrenting the complete works of Jenna Jameson. They accused Consumer Affairs of being pornography enthusiasts. That’s doubtlessly true, but their math was all muddled: they accused CA of downloading over ten gigs worth of porn in thirty days, when they’d actually downloaded less than 2 gigs over the period of an entire year.

But now they’ve canceled another public figure’s Internet, accusing him of downloading porn for breaching a 5 gig a month “unlimited” quota. This time, though, it was Robert X. Cringely, a highly visible Ziff-Davis and PBS blogger. And not only did they cancel him for daring to think that their unlimited service actually was unlimited, but they nailed him with a $175 fine.

Verizon’s position is that using more than 5 gigs a month is impossible without being a pirate, a pornographer, or both. The unlimited service is only for email and web-surfing, but not for downloading music or videos, no matter how legal. Of course, Verizon “Less Than 5GBs Per Month of Text” Broadband Wireless just sounds a heck of a lot less impressive than “Unlimited”, doesn’t it?

When “unlimited” wireless broadband means “you download porn”… [Newswireless.net]