FTC Sues AT&T for Throttling Unlimited Data Customers Up to 90%

Discussion in 'The Pub (Off topic discussion)' started by drmike, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. drmike

    drmike 100% Tier-1 Gogent

    May 13, 2013
    The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Federal Court against AT&T over its practice of throttling unlimited data plan customers, some by 90%.


    Hopefully the FTC gets busy smacking the cellular companies for their pitiful behavior and massive overcharging of customers.
  2. Darwin

    Darwin Member

    Dec 19, 2013
    Don't know if it's my tinfoil hat, but I read that a lot different.

    AT&T is doing that for almost four years, FTC ignored and now, that a lot of customers have migrated to other plans, FTC "decides" to sue.

    AT&T and FTC will settle on terms that will sound like a major victory for FTC, while AT&T lols.

    This happens in every single country that happens to have those fake regulatory/ independent agencies.
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  3. Aldryic C'boas

    Aldryic C'boas The Pony

    Apr 18, 2013
    I agree with Darwin on this one.  FTC has always had a habit of odd bedmates and situations, but they'll usually take a bit more care to wipe the lipstick from their collar.
  4. drmike

    drmike 100% Tier-1 Gogent

    May 13, 2013
    Well I agree the FTC and FCC do little to nothing to properly regulate the cell co's.

    Definitely as Ald said - old bedmates.

    Even if it's late and something little, ideally it's a direction of more things to come.
  5. Onra Host

    Onra Host New Member Verified Provider

    May 23, 2014
    It's a step in the right direction at least. 80% of the plans users probably don't even notice they their phones are being throttled. 
  6. WSWD

    WSWD Active Member Verified Provider

    May 30, 2013
    This isn't the first lawsuit.  AT&T and Verizon have both lost multi-million dollar lawsuits in the past over this.  That's why neither of them have unlimited data plans anymore.  In fact, AT&T settled a class action lawsuit as recently as last year over the unlimited data claims on the iPad.

    Honestly, I wish something like this would come to the hosting industry.  I've been saying for years that all it would take is major class action suits against some of the big players, EIG, for example, and things would be changed forever.  But lawyers don't work for free, and there is little interest in the hosting industry.