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  • FCC Announces Plans to Fine AT&T for $100M for "Misleading" Unlimited Data Throttling


    The FCC has announced its plans on Wednesday to fine AT&T $100,000,000 for misleading unlimited data subscribers into thinking they were getting unlimited data, when they were actually getting only a couple of gigabytes of data before being throttled (or slowed down) to unusable speeds that are so slow that most broadband connections will take forever to load or time out.

    Quote Originally Posted by FCC
    Washington, D.C., June 17, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine AT&T Mobility, LLC $100,000,000 for misleading its customers about unlimited mobile data plans. The FCC’s investigation alleges that AT&T severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans and that the company failed to adequately notify its customers that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised.
    The FCC made its original complaint in October of last year, when it accused AT&T of "misleading" practices regarding what it considers "unlimited data" plans.

    Users of AT&T's grandfathered unlimited data plans are always pressured year-by-year to drop their unlimited data plans and move to a new AT&T NEXT plan instead. Those on grandfathered unlimited data plans typically purchase their smartphones outright to prevent any catastrophic changes to their contracts when they upgrade.

    The FCC's decision relies solely on the fact that AT&T has changed its unlimited data model to a misleading model mid-contract, which makes them guilty of false advertising. They promised unlimited data to users and then started getting really sneaky mid-contract to get people to change to capped data plans and stop using so much data so they could make more money. As such, the FCC says AT&T violates the 2010 Open Internet Transparency Rule.

    "Unlimited means unlimited," said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. "As today’s action demonstrates, the Commission is committed to holding accountable those broadband providers who fail to be fully transparent about data limits."

    Finally, some justice for those that are still on grandfathered unlimited data plans.

    Source: FCC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FCC Announces Plans to Fine AT&T for $100M for "Misleading" Unlimited Data Throttling started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. aceestes's Avatar
      aceestes -
      Too bad I already left ATT last year for Verizon's unlimited plan. My bill was a bit cheaper.
    1. jackbauerctu's Avatar
      jackbauerctu -
      Quote Originally Posted by aceestes View Post
      Too bad I already left ATT last year for Verizon's unlimited plan. My bill was a bit cheaper.
      Last year?? Verizon dropped their unlimited data plan in...2011?
    1. dougchapin's Avatar
      dougchapin -
      Of course, it's a fine not a settlement, so we (the throttled) will never seen any of that money.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      So glad AT&T talked me into dropping my unlimited plan when they throttled my usage....caused me to go with Verizon and actually have great coverage rather than the chit they pedal!

      HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      AT&T will be unaffected as usual. They are HUGE people. 100 million is pennies to them. I feel that the action is justified, its just not harsh enough. Next time fine them 1billion. Set a real example.
    1. Fender's Avatar
      Fender -
      I got a text on Monday night telling me that I was 75% of the way through the "5GB network management threshold". The more times AT&T is fined and held accountable for this garbage, the better off we'll all be.
    1. bobnwako's Avatar
      bobnwako -
      T-mobile has started doing the same thing now. I have unlimited data but I have been experiencing slow data speeds in my area of Houston Tx, and I called them and they said it is called prioritization which is a code for throttling. This is very deceptive. I am going to let FCC know what they are doing. John Ledger cannot pretend to be caring for customers when in actual fact he is cheating them. If you advertise Unlimited data, it should stay that way. I'm just thinking of switching to Sprint. Maybe!
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobnwako View Post
      T-mobile has started doing the same thing now. I have unlimited data but I have been experiencing slow data speeds in my area of Houston Tx, and I called them and they said it is called prioritization which is a code for throttling. This is very deceptive. I am going to let FCC know what they are doing. John Ledger cannot pretend to be caring for customers when in actual fact he is cheating them. If you advertise Unlimited data, it should stay that way. I'm just thinking of switching to Sprint. Maybe!
      I’d do my research on sprint. I’ve never talked to anyone with a good experience with them. The best I’ve gotten is, “Well, they weren’t as bad as people were saying.”
    1. Neojok's Avatar
      Neojok -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobnwako View Post
      T-mobile has started doing the same thing now. I have unlimited data but I have been experiencing slow data speeds in my area of Houston Tx, and I called them and they said it is called prioritization which is a code for throttling. This is very deceptive. I am going to let FCC know what they are doing. John Ledger cannot pretend to be caring for customers when in actual fact he is cheating them. If you advertise Unlimited data, it should stay that way. I'm just thinking of switching to Sprint. Maybe!
      I recommend you to stay away from sprint!!!
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      AT&T will be unaffected as usual. They are HUGE people. 100 million is pennies to them.
      Sad, but true. This is barely a slap on the wrist for AT&T. I'm glad to see some action, but the bait & switch game is all too common for AT&T and I doubt this will change much in the short term.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      I have also heard bad things about the speed and reliability of Sprint. It really depends where you are I guess.

      T-Mobile might be a considerable choice, but they were also recently caught for throttling speeds EXCEPT for when the user was using Speedtest.net:

      Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - FCC Pressures T-Mobile into Giving More Accurate Information to Throttled Users
    1. bobnwako's Avatar
      bobnwako -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I have also heard bad things about the speed and reliability of Sprint. It really depends where you are I guess.

      T-Mobile might be a considerable choice, but they were also recently caught for throttling speeds EXCEPT for when the user was using Speedtest.net:

      Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - FCC Pressures T-Mobile into Giving More Accurate Information to Throttled Users
      I live in south west of Houston Tx and their cell tower is right next to my house. In spite of all that, I still can't browse the internet on my iPhone 6+. I had Sprint before I switched to T-Mobile and their speed were better than what I have now. I have no idea what to do next! Honestly!
    1. angerthosenear's Avatar
      angerthosenear -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fender View Post
      I got a text on Monday night telling me that I was 75% of the way through the "5GB network management threshold". The more times AT&T is fined and held accountable for this garbage, the better off we'll all be.
      I received this same message on Monday night as well! Hmmmm... enjoy the fine AT&T.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      So glad I left att after years with them. I was on there "unlimited" plan since 2007. Now I have true unlimited with T-Mobile and my bill was cut in half. Plus, I have 4 lines vs 3 before.
    1. jco's Avatar
      jco -
      $100M is just a slap on the wrist for AT&T. They'll keep throttling just to show that they can.
    1. bobnwako's Avatar
      bobnwako -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      So glad I left att after years with them. I was on there "unlimited" plan since 2007. Now I have true unlimited with T-Mobile and my bill was cut in half. Plus, I have 4 lines vs 3 before.
      Do you connect to a wifi network most or all the time on T-Mobile network? Because if you are using only cellular network connection to browse the internet, you will not be saying that. I too am with T-Mobile with unlimited data plan with 2 lines but they throttle me every day and they call that Prioritization aka throttling. Right now my iPhone 6+ is as slow as hell which never happened when I was with Sprint.
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      I hate ATT. We had them for 8 years and finally switched to T-Mobile two years ago and haven't had a single issue since. All three of us have unlimited everything for $135/month. ATT sucks balls.
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      Glad i got unlimited two years ago on verizon
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Serves 'em right. I was on unlimited and after using 5 gigs then sent me a text telling me I was about to be throttled. What a bunch of a-holes.
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      I’d do my research on sprint. I’ve never talked to anyone with a good experience with them. The best I’ve gotten is, “Well, they weren’t as bad as people were saying.”
      Sprint is the WORST!!! Can't believe people sign up with them, it's beyond me why anyone would sign up with them when Cricket exists