The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just penalized AT&T with a $100 million fine for unacceptably slowing down Internet speeds for consumers who have unlimited data plans. If AT&T does not challenge this, it will be the largest fine ever set by the FCC.
In 2011, AT&T began slowing down data speeds, resulting in thousands of disgruntled consumers to complaining to the FCC. The agency found that when a user was consuming a certain mount of Internet data, AT&T “throttled” their speeds so that they were much slower than normal. According to a report done by the agency, AT&T’s illegal practice affected millions of customers.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler stated AT&T violated the agency’s codes on corporate transparency. Wheeler said the agency will not stand for consumers being deceived by incomplete disclosure.
This is not the first time the telecom giant’s unlimited data plan has affected the company in this way. In October, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that over three million AT&T users had their Internet speeds slowed an average of 12 days per month. The company has 30 days to comply with the FCC’s ruling.
By Alex Lemieux
Washington Post: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ data
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