AT&T Fined $100 Million For Throttling Bandwidth Of Unlimited Data Plan Customers

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AT&T Launches Branded TabletThe Federal Communications Commission has hit AT&T with a steep fine over their findings that the company was throttling the data bandwidth of customers.

The F.C.C. made the announcement Wednesday of the fine, which is estimated to be $100 million.

They claimed that they found that AT&T Mobility offered unlimited data plans to customers, which they touted as having the ability to send and receive data with no hinderance including GPS navigation and Web browsing.

But once users reached a certain level, their bandwidth would be slowed down drastically than the normal allowed limits.

The F.C.C. viewed this as a violation of their established transparency rules for companies.

Travis LeBlanc, the agency’s enforcement chief went on to say: “As today’s action demonstrates, the commission is committed to holding accountable those broadband providers who fail to be fully transparent about data limits.”

AT&T Mobility vehemently denied the charges, which come after another federal lawsuit was filed against the company last fall.

That case is still underway in the state of California where it was filed.

AT&T issued a statement of denial which included the following:  “We have been fully transparent with our customers, providing notice in multiple ways and going well beyond the FCC’s disclosure requirements.”

It is expected that they will go to court to appeal.

Christopher A. Smith


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