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. The case was dismissed on grounds that the FTC didn't have jurisdiction over internet providers due to their common carrier status. The reversal, if successfully argued by the FTC, could give the agency more control over broadband providers. In the original 2014 case the FTC claimed that AT&T slowed down the data speeds of customers on unlimited plans without proper notice or warning. The original case may have been dismissed, but AT&T still changed its behavior and began warning customers that they might experience slower speeds once they surpass certain usage thresholds. AT&T said it looks forward to arguing the case in court.
Court Says FTC Can Go After AT&T for Data-Speed Slow-Downs
Feb 27, 2018
The FTC can gun for AT&T once again, according to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which says the agency has the purview to regulate large internet service providers.
AT&T Sidesteps Class-Action Suit Over Throttling
Mar 14, 2016
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 Hoping to Settle FTC Lawsuit Over Data Throttling
May 31, 2018
AT&T today indicated it is prepared to settle with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over allegations that it throttled users' mobile data speeds without property informing them.
FTC Loses Lawsuit Against AT&T
Aug 30, 2016
An appeals court has tossed a lawsuit filed against AT&T over its throttling practices. The U.S.