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AT&T Rails Against FCC's 'Absurd' $100M Fine

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Jul 28, 2015, 1:40 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T is not happy about the FCC's proposed $100 million fine levied against the carrier regarding its throttling practices. The FCC last month alleged that AT&T did not properly inform grandfathered unlimited customers about its network management techniques, which included slowing their internet speeds. In a filing, AT&T called the FCC's actions unprecedented and indefensible. "It is absurd to suggest that AT&T intended to or actually did mislead the relevant Unlimited Data Plan customers. Those customers were repeatedly advised of AT&T's congestion management practices, and, for nearly four years, they chose to keep their service," argued AT&T. "While the [FCC] speaks of AT&T's 'culpability' and 'clear knowledge' that it was misleading customers, the evidence is to the contrary. AT&T made multiple disclosures by email, bill message, text message, and online posting, precisely so that potentially affected customers would be informed about the policy." AT&T has requested the FCC to withdraw the fine. The FCC said it will weigh AT&T's request before making a final judgment in the matter.

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Jul 29, 2015, 4:48 PM

I agree.

AT&T is not at fault for it's customer's ignorance and refusal to read the notifications and articles that it puts out for it's customer. It is also not fair for the customers who pay for the data that they receive to have slow data due to users who can't control their usage.

Jul 28, 2015, 4:16 PM

Before someone attacks AT&T...

AT&T to Throttle Heaviest Data Hogs
https://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=8565 »
AT&T to Top 5 Percenters: We Warned You
https://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=9786 »
There were (and are) text messages, press releases, page long explanations included with bills, etc.
http://photos.appleinsider.com/12.02.24-Throttle.jpg »
http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=20535&cdvn=new ... »
Don't get mad at AT&T because you can't/don't read.
^^^^^^ this
B-but I want to tether and just do everything without home internet not fair!

Jul 29, 2015, 9:32 AM

that's so true

Never mind
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