Bad news for AT&T today, as the Federal Communications Commission has revealed that it plans to slap the US carrier with a huge fine.
The FCC has announced that it will charge AT&T Mobility a cool $100 million for “misleading its customers about unlimited data plans.” According to the FCC, AT&T slowed the speeds of its unlimited data customers without adequately notifying them that they may experience those slowed speeds.
The FCC says that since 2011, it’s gotten “thousands” of complaints from AT&T unlimited data customers that felt surprised and misled about AT&T’s move to slow their speeds. Those customers were also upset about being locked into contracts “for an unlimited plan that wasn’t actually unlimited.”
FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc issued the following statement regarding today’s news:
“Unlimited means unlimited. As today’s action demonstrates, the Commission is committed to holding accountable those broadband providers who fail to be fully transparent about data limits.”
Not only is AT&T being hit with a hefty fine from the FCC, but the FCC’s findings regarding AT&T’s throttling could result in some bad press for the carrier. AT&T hasn’t issued a statement regarding the FCC’s fine, but I’ll be sure to update you if they do.
Have you ever had your wireless speeds throttled?