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    AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ data

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    AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ data - The Washington Post

    The Federal Communications Commission slapped AT&T with a $100 million fine Wednesday, accusing the country's second-largest cellular carrier of improperly slowing down Internet speeds for customers who had signed up for "unlimited" data plans. The FCC found that when customers used up a certain amount of data watching movies or browsing the Web, AT&T "throttled" their Internet speeds so that they were much slower than normal. Millions of AT&T customers were affected by the practice, according to the FCC. The fine, which AT&T says it will fight, is the largest ever levied by the agency.

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    Re: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ dat

    FWIW, the FCC's notice states:

    In this Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order, we find that AT&T Mobility, LLC (AT&T or Company) apparently willfully and repeatedly violated the Commission’s Open Internet Transparency Rule by: (1) using the misleading and inaccurate term “unlimited” to label a data plan that was in fact subject to prolonged speed reductions after a customer used a set amount of data; and (2) failing to disclose the express speed reductions that it applied to “unlimited” data plan customers once they hit a specified data threshold.

    The entire notice can be found at: https://www.fcc.gov/document/att-mob...ng-consumers-0

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    Re: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ dat

    They will fight it, AT&T does whatever it can to screw over their customers with just about all of their products.
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    Re: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ dat

    T banked $3 billion 1Q.

    $100M fine to them is like a $10 parking ticket to you and me.

    Cost of doing business.

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    Re: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ dat

    Verizon does the same thing.

    AT&T and Verizon offer the same level of "quality" cell service that Comcast and Time Warner offer with cable, IMHO.

    The consumer can't take their business elsewhere, because there's really nowhere to go.
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    Re: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ dat

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    T banked $3 billion 1Q.

    $100M fine to them is like a $10 parking ticket to you and me.

    Cost of doing business.


    Yawn.
    I agree; the fine should have been higher.

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    Re: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ dat

    Quote Originally Posted by Doppelgangirl View Post
    Verizon does the same thing.

    AT&T and Verizon offer the same level of "quality" cell service that Comcast and Time Warner offer with cable, IMHO.

    The consumer can't take their business elsewhere, because there's really nowhere to go.
    Verizon includes that information in the fine print. AT&T has never included that information.

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    Re: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ dat

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    They will fight it, AT&T does whatever it can to screw over their customers with just about all of their products.
    and they tend to disregard the law.

    "....Federal and state laws require AT&T to give community programming similar access to what the other channels on its U-verse service get. AT&T believes it does so, but advocates for public access make a compelling case when they argue that the communications giant falls short.

    Anyone who has used U-verse, as I have, knows that public, educational and government programming is consigned to a digital ghetto that makes public programming hard to use. Viewers must go to the dreaded Channel 99, and from there navigate toward the towns they want. While U-verse subscribers can digitally record up to four programs at once, they cannot digitally record from Channel 99. They can't even plan their viewing, because the digital guide available for all the other U-verse channels is not available for public, educational and government programming...."

    AT&T's U-verse service give short shrift to public-access programming - tribunedigital-chicagotribune

    The article I quoted is six years old but so far (AFAIK) no government agency has succeeded in getting ATT to comply with the law and the franchise agreements they signed.

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    Re: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ dat

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    T banked $3 billion 1Q.

    $100M fine to them is like a $10 parking ticket to you and me.

    Cost of doing business.

    Yawn.
    Yuuup. To be even more exact, it's a $37.75 parking ticket if you make $50K in a year.
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    Re: AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ dat

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    and they tend to disregard the law.

    "....Federal and state laws require AT&T to give community programming similar access to what the other channels on its U-verse service get. AT&T believes it does so, but advocates for public access make a compelling case when they argue that the communications giant falls short.

    Anyone who has used U-verse, as I have, knows that public, educational and government programming is consigned to a digital ghetto that makes public programming hard to use. Viewers must go to the dreaded Channel 99, and from there navigate toward the towns they want. While U-verse subscribers can digitally record up to four programs at once, they cannot digitally record from Channel 99. They can't even plan their viewing, because the digital guide available for all the other U-verse channels is not available for public, educational and government programming...."

    AT&T's U-verse service give short shrift to public-access programming - tribunedigital-chicagotribune

    The article I quoted is six years old but so far (AFAIK) no government agency has succeeded in getting ATT to comply with the law and the franchise agreements they signed.
    That is not quite what this case is about.
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