One day after the FCC announced that it was fining AT&T $100 million for throttling unlimited data users, throttling is back in the news again.
Sprint has stopped throttling the speeds of its heaviest data users when the network is congested. The change actually went into effect last Friday when the FCC’s new net neutrality rules went into effect. Sprint tells the Wall Street Journal that while it believes its throttling practices would’ve been acceptable under the net neutrality rules, it ditched them just to be safe.
Sprint previously also reserved the right to prioritize data traffic based on a customer’s plan, but it’s now decided to ditch that policy as well.
This is exciting news for Sprint subscribers, especially those folks that are on one of Sprint’s unlimited data plans. Now if you routinely use a lot of data, you needn’t worry about having your speeds slowed if you end up in an area where a lot of other customers are sucking down data.