AT&T will only throttle LTE data when needed2015-05-08 10:06 by Daniela
Tags: AT&T, LTE
It seems that AT&T has quietly removed automatic throttling limits on its unlimited 4G data plans.
Previously, users have been throttled when reaching a 5 GB ceiling, if they use LTE, and 3 GB for 3G/4G. They then get essentially useless speeds for the remainder of the billing period.
AT&T has unwillingly changed the rules after the FTC filed a lawsuit against the carrier over the practice. With new rules taking effect, people may be throttled if they exceed the 3- and 5-gigabyte thresholds, but only "at times and in areas that are experiencing network congestion."
"Customers on an unlimited legacy data plan may experience reduced speeds only when using data services at times when in an area where the network is experiencing congestion," an AT&T spokesman said. "Like other wireless companies, we manage our network resources to provide the best service possible for all of our customers."
With this change AT&T's now provides the same policy as T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, who also use congestion-based throttling. However, it is expected that next month the Federal Communications Commission will implement new rules limiting throttling to "reasonable network management", which means that carriers will have to comply with them.
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