Court Says FTC Can Go After AT&T for Data-Speed Slow-Downs
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. The case reaches way back to 2014 when the FTC first sued AT&T over throttling users' mobile data speeds without properly informing them. AT&T pushed back against the agency's claims and scored an early win in court. The FTC, however, challenged the earlier court's decision. The FCC, at one point, levied a fine of $100 million against AT&T over the issue, though that fee was never collected as the appeal worked its way through the court. "The decision is a significant win for American consumers," noted FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "Among other things, it reaffirms that the Federal Trade Commission will once again be able to police internet service providers after the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect." Pai believes the FTC, not the FCC, should govern internet service providers' behavior.
Mar 9, 2018
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court, based in San Francisco, will hear legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations.
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.
Jun 8, 2018
The FCC took more actions this week to protect consumers from unwanted charges and changes to their telephone service. First, the agency wants to prevent the fraudulent use of toll-free numbers for text messaging.
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.
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.