AT&T Faces $100M Fine Over "Unlimited" Data Plans2015-06-18 10:20 by Daniela
The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it plans to fine AT&T Mobility $100 million, for throttling customers with "unlimited" data plans and failing to notify them about the practice.
The fine follows thousands of complaints from AT&T customers. The FCC investigation found that AT&T didn't adequately notify its customers that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds the company promised.
"The Enforcement Bureau's investigation revealed that millions of AT&T customers were affected. The customers who were subject to speed reductions were slowed for an average of 12 days per billing cycle, significantly impeding their ability to use common data applications such as GPS mapping or streaming video," said the FCC in a news release.
"Consumers deserve to get what they pay for," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement. "Broadband providers must be upfront and transparent about the services they provide. The FCC will not stand idly by while consumers are deceived by misleading marketing materials and insufficient disclosure."
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