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FCC plans to fine AT&T US$100 million over 'unlimited' data plans

Martyn Williams | June 18, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers by throttling speeds on the lines of millions of customers who had "unlimited" data plans.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers by throttling speeds on the lines of millions of customers who had "unlimited" data plans.

The FCC alleges that customers who used more than 5GB of data in any billing month would see their data speed slowed to 512Kbps, significantly slower than the 5Gbps to 12Gbps advertised by the carrier.

The government doesn't have a problem with the throttling itself, but says that AT&T didn't make it clear enough to consumers on "unlimited" plans that their plans were, in fact, limited.

 

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