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AT&T gets slapped with $100 million fine for unlimited data throttling

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AT&T gets slapped with $100 million fine for unlimited data throttling


AT&T turns out to have ended up at the FCC’s naughty record. The corporate has been served with a $100 million fine for deceptive unlimited data shoppers. Specifically, the corporate didn’t properly notify consumers that their data can be bogged down to close-unusable speeds in the event that they went over an unspecified threshold.

The FCC says that it’s a contravention of 2010’s Open Internet Transparency Rule, a coverage that states vendors will have to be correct, fair and in advance concerning the data products and services they supply. To be transparent, it’s utterly inside of AT&T’s rights to throttle unlimited data, however additionally they need to inform you that during undeniable language.

“Consumers need to get what they pay for,” stated FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “Broadband suppliers will have to be in advance and clear concerning the products and services they supply. The FCC won't stand idly through at the same time as shoppers are deceived via deceptive advertising fabrics and inadequate disclosure.”

FCC enforcement leader Travis LeBlanc additionally introduced: “Unlimited approach unlimited. As lately’s motion demonstrates, the Commission is dedicated to retaining responsible the ones broadband suppliers who fail to be absolutely clear approximately data limits.”

So there you might have it. AT&T’s more than likely by no means going to do away with their throttling coverage for unlimited data customers (particularly on account that they’re looking to get everybody onto their Mobile Share plans), however no less than the FCC is ensuring they’re in advance approximately it.


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