AT&T Sidesteps Class-Action Suit Over Throttling
A federal judge sided with AT&T and said consumers suing the carrier over its throttling practices cannot work together as a group. Instead, customers must pursue individual arbitration with the carrier, per their signed user agreements. AT&T stands accused of throttling customers who paid for unlimited data plans once they consumed a certain amount of data each month. Some customers were throttled after they reached 3 GB per month, while others were throttled after they reached 5 GB. AT&T is believed to have throttled the speeds of some 3.5 million customers between 2011 and 2015. AT&T now allows customers with unlimited plans to use 22 GB of data per month before throttling them, and only does so when the network is congested. A class-action lawsuit would have been costly for AT&T. The majority of consumers likely won't pursue individual arbitration due to the related expenses. AT&T may have dodged the class-action lawsuit, but it is still facing legal action from the Federal Trade Commission over the same issue. The FTC case is winding its way through federal courts and is due for another round in June.
AT&T Tweaks Throttling Policy for Unlimited Customers
AT&T today altered the wording of its network management policies such that customers with grandfathered-in "unlimited" plans won't be throttled as aggressively. Under the old policy, AT&T throttled the speeds of unlimited LTE 4G customers once they exceeded 5 GB of data in a single month.
FTC Loses Lawsuit Against AT&T
An appeals court has tossed a lawsuit filed against AT&T over its throttling practices. The U.S.
FTC Nails TracFone for $40M Over False Advertising
TracFone has agreed to pay customers $40 million to reimburse them for what the FTC labeled as deceptive advertising. From 2009 to 2013, TracFone advertised "unlimited data" plans for $45 per month.
AT&T Can't Use 'Common Carrier' Label to Escape FTC Suit
A federal judge squashed AT&T's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by the FTC. The FTC sued AT&T in October over throttling policies for "unlimited data" customers.