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FTC Gets Second Shot Against AT&T Over Throttling Case

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May 10, 2017, 7:54 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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.

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