AT&T Hoping to Settle FTC Lawsuit Over Data Throttling
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. AT&T advertised "unlimited" mobile data, but slowed users' speeds once they crossed a certain threshold. The FTC first sued AT&T over the matter in 2014, but that case was tossed. 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. Earlier this year, the FTC case was reinstated. "We have decided not to seek review by the Supreme Court, to focus instead on negotiating a fair resolution of the case with the Federal Trade Commission," said AT&T spokesperson Mike Balmoris. The FTC has not said what concessions AT&T might have to make.
Mar 26, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission today said it is examining Facebook's privacy policies and practices. The inquiry comes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users shared by an app to an analysis firm that use it create profiles of U.S.
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.
Sep 19, 2017
T-Mobile today said it will allow customers to use more LTE data before potentially throttling them. Previously, T-Mobile would slow the mobile internet speeds of the heaviest users after they surpassed 32 GB of mobile data in a single billing period.
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.