FTC Loses Lawsuit Against AT&T
An appeals court has tossed a lawsuit filed against AT&T over its throttling practices. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission alleged that AT&T deceived customers by throttling their unlimited data plans once those customers exceeded a certain amount of data in a given month. During its investigation, the FTC found AT&T slowed some users' speeds by as much as 90%. AT&T argued that common carriers, such as itself, are to be granted exceptions, and the appeals court agreed. AT&T may still face action over the same issue from the FCC, which believes AT&T may have violated its net neutrality rules.
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.
FTC Gets Second Shot Against AT&T Over Throttling Case
The FTC has earned another chance to prove AT&T illegally throttled customers' data speeds. An appeals court this week reinstated the FTC's case against AT&T, which was originally dismissed last summer.
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.
Lawsuits Target FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
Opponents to the FCC's net neutrality rules filed the first volley of lawsuits this week. USTelecom, which represents the broadband industry, filed a lawsuit in the U.S.