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.
Nov 16, 2018
Recently published research suggests the four major wireless carriers are throttling video traffic and three Senate Democrats want to know what's going on. Senators Edward Markey (Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), and Ron Wyden (Ore.) sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless about the allegations with a demand for a formal explanation from each.
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.
Aug 21, 2018
The attorneys general from 22 states, plus the District of Columbia, have asked an appeals court to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules that were stricken by the FCC in June. The states also want to ensure the Trump administration cannot prevent individual states from installing their own such rules.
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.
Aug 25, 2018
Members of Congress want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Verizon's data-throttling practices after it was revealed that the company slowed down the data of California firefighters fighting blazes in Mendocino. One fire company said its unlimited plan was throttled down to dial-up speeds after it surpassed its monthly high-speed allotment.