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FCC Fines AT&T $100 Million Over Throttling Practices

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Except consumers WERE informed.. Here's the proof.

Nobodey

Jun 18, 2015, 9:48 PM
I understand that PhoneScoop has been around a long time. So maybe you might go back into your own archives. If you did, you would have found this article:
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=8565 »
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Yep, you informed consumers yourselves.
"Starting October 1 (2011), smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5% of heaviest data users. These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle. Before you are affected, we will provide multiple notices, including a grace period."
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Here is the original press release: http://www.att.com/gen/press-r...
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B-Sides

Jun 20, 2015, 9:47 AM
What I find most amusing is that the fines will go directly to the US Treasury! Consumers are merely a pawn in this game of the US government V AT&T.

What I can't understand is why the lawsuit was filed in the first place? They didn't shut off their data they simply slowed it down. What's next, are they going to go after Ford for putting speedometers in their vehicles that go up to 180 mph when in reality the car can't even hit 125???
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Nobodey

Jun 20, 2015, 10:05 AM
Ya.. not sure you understand the thing that is going on. In a place that AT&T has say.. 25 MPS service... they are intentionally slowing down to.. lets say 2 MPS.
(These are reasonable numbers depending on most peoples area of service).
AT&T is absolutely making an effort to screw heavy users. (You example make not mention of intentional.. anything.)
However. My point is that they said..
Do this.. this will happen..
They were honest about it from the start. They didn't mislead anyone. Anyone that thinks unlimited anything means it has to be delivered RIGHT NOW is an entitled asshole.
Example. Olive Garden has unlimited Soup, Salad and Breadsticks, Let say you ignore your soup. Lets say you ignore your salad. Lets say between you and...
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B-Sides

Jun 20, 2015, 7:12 PM
I completely understand I was just making an analogy that pokes fun of how the government makes moves with simple money grabs in mind instead of the consumers well being. It simply wouldn't surprise me if they did what I said!

What I think nobody really grasps is that the wireless companies don't have the ability to handle the load of traffic on their networks if they still offered unlimited data. Just look at what happened when the iPhone launched on AT&T, their network was great one day and completely exhausted the next.

But more to your point, they never turned off the data, they simply slowed it down. They are two completely different things.
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Zpike

Jun 23, 2015, 12:05 PM
>>how the government makes moves with simple money grabs in mind instead of the consumers well being.

Right, because consumer interests aren't served by unthrottled speeds. If the government was really looking out for the little guy they'd make sure all those bits went by slow enough to be inspected by the human eye. Then customers could be really sure of what they were getting.

>>What I think nobody really grasps is that the wireless companies don't have the ability to handle the load of traffic on their networks if they still offered unlimited data.

What I think nobody grasps is that ISP's are double dipping just like airlines overseas that sell the same seat on the airplane multiple times over. If the ISP's have hit a point of...
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Zpike

Jun 23, 2015, 11:50 AM
ROFL. Your analogy is hilariously bad and terribly flawed.
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DarkStar

Jun 24, 2015, 1:41 PM
Maybe you should look up the word unlimited. If I have unlimited data but I can't use my unlimited data to download 100Tb in a month. Because its not really unlimited. Unlimited is a lie.
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