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  • FTC Suing AT&T Over Throttling Unlimited Data Plans on Customers


    AT&T has been throttling its unlimited data users for years. Although the cellular provider promised those users unlimited data with their plans, the carrier imposes harsh slow-downs in data speed if the user goes over a certain amount of data in a given month. AT&T has been pushing everyone to "upgrade" to the new capped data share plans.

    The FTC has finally had enough of this.

    The Federal Trade Commission is officially suing U.S.-based carrier AT&T for misleading their customers into thinking that they have purchased truly unlimited data, when in turn, the carrier throttles users' data by up to 90% after reaching a certain data threshold. AT&T has not warned their subscribers that they would have their data speeds so unfairly throttled after using a certain amount of data, and instead, customers aren't actually getting what they're paying for.

    Quote Originally Posted by FTC
    The Federal Trade Commission filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent.

    The FTC’s complaint alleges that the company failed to adequately disclose to its customers on unlimited data plans that, if they reach a certain amount of data use in a given billing cycle, AT&T reduces – or “throttles” – their data speeds to the point that many common mobile phone applications – like web browsing, GPS navigation and watching streaming video – become difficult or nearly impossible to use.
    Because the throttled speeds can be so unbearably low, many modern applications that require internet access including GPS, Web browsing, and video streaming, can be hindered and cannot perform has expected. The issue with loading GPS due to the painfully slow data speeds on a throttled device is especially a problem since some people actually rely on these services to find their way back home.

    The FTC notes that AT&T has been throttling customers since 2011 and that over 3.5 million individual customers have been throttled. The vote for the FTC to file the complaint against AT&T was a unanimous 5 to 0.

    Sources: FTC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FTC Suing AT&T Over Throttling Unlimited Data Plans on Customers started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      DAMN skippy!!! About time LOL
    1. ggrassmid's Avatar
      ggrassmid -
      YAY!!
      I can see throttle LTE user down to 3G speed (4-8mbps). But when I go over 5gb for a month, though rare, if I see 1mbps I doing well. Usually my speeds are throttled down to 0.5mbps or less.
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      About time!!! Sue on America...
    1. BrianMorter1984's Avatar
      BrianMorter1984 -
      Why does the FCC get the money? The people are the ones who got screwed!
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I am so for this! Greedy AT&T deserves it!
    1. mwhite67's Avatar
      mwhite67 -
      Finally. I just switched to a 30 gig share plan because of this. I have 90 days to switch back, I hope they can make them remove throttling before then.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by mwhite67 View Post
      Finally. I just switched to a 30 gig share plan because of this. I have 90 days to switch back, I hope they can make them remove throttling before then.
      Good luck! Once you switch? That's it! Who told you, you had 90 days? Hate to say this, I think you got screwed.
    1. shawn o's Avatar
      shawn o -
      End result in 4-5 years:

      AT&T will acknowledge they were wrong and completely end unlimited data plans for everyone.

      US government will impose a fine of $500,000,000-$1,000,000,000 on AT&T and customers will get ZERO of it.

      Existing customers on grandfathered data plans will get a $50-$100 one time credit.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Why now after sitting on their butts so long.

      AT&T will fight for months or years, waiting for republican POTUS, or agree to pay a $10 million fine. BFD.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by shawn o View Post
      End result in 4-5 years:

      AT&T will acknowledge they were wrong and completely end unlimited data plans for everyone.

      US government will impose a fine of $500,000,000-$1,000,000,000 on AT&T and customers will get ZERO of it.

      Existing customers on grandfathered data plans will get a $50-$100 one time credit.
      Pretty much. That sounds like AT&T to a tee.

      On the other hand, it's great to see the company finally see some real heat on this issue.
    1. trevorrawson's Avatar
      trevorrawson -
      I switched my plan a few months ago because I would get throttled after 5 gigs of usage. So really I didn't have an unlimited plan at all. I had a 5GB plan. Hopefully if this goes through they will allow us to get our plans back. It's absurd.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      boooo!!!!! and thats coming from a verizon customer!!!!
    1. iphonepwns6's Avatar
      iphonepwns6 -
      About time! I was always complaining about this to At&t lol
    1. jackbauerctu's Avatar
      jackbauerctu -
      If the FTC wins I will sue verizon for not letting me upgrade my device and keep my unlimited data, as it is just another ploy to get people away from their grandfathered unlimited data. Who's with me?
    1. jp79194's Avatar
      jp79194 -
      Well it's about time!
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I've been getting throttled to 512K. It sucks.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      I've been getting throttled to 512K. It sucks.
      Your lucky lol. They do me down to 125-150K
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      Your lucky lol. They do me down to 125-150K
      You're lucky lol. Last night AT&T throttled my home internet to 30kbs.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by spidermanapv View Post
      you're lucky lol. Last night at&t throttled my home internet to 30kbs.
      damn!!!! O_o
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      damn!!!! O_o
      It made downloading iOS 8.1 a blast. Especially after it got to 90% the power went out and restarted the download...