FCC Fines AT&T $100 Million Over Throttling Practices
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Except consumers WERE informed.. Here's the proof.
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."
Here is the original press release: http://www.att.com/gen/press-...
What I can't understand is why the lawsuit was filed in the first place? They didn't shut off the...