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Old 10-28-14, 06:37 PM
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Default U.S. sues AT&T over alleged 'data throttling' on phone plans

http://news.yahoo.com/u-sues-t-over-...--finance.html

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government sued AT&T Inc on Tuesday, alleging the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier sold consumers unlimited data plans but would reduce their Internet speeds once they exceeded a certain amount of data.

The Federal Trade Commission said this throttling of Internet feeds was deceptive and that in some cases data speeds were slowed by nearly 90 percent.

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said that AT&T wanted to retain longtime customers and so allowed them to buy unlimited data plans, in some cases after new customers were no longer offered unlimited plans. Then they unilaterally changed the terms, she said.
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Old 10-28-14, 07:55 PM
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About time. I just hope AT&T doesn't drag this out for years. Kill throttling like Verizon just did.
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I wonder if T-Mobile will be on the chopping block for this as well? Although they state they will slow your plan down, they do state you have "Unlimited Fast Data". After you hit your LTE threshold limit, that data is anything but fast......
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Old 10-29-14, 12:00 AM
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I wonder how this will affect MVNOs. On HowardForums, there's been a lot of complaining about Straight Talk's throttling policies which have been anything but transparent. There are a few circle-jerkers that are going to be PISSED if Straight Talk has to stop throttling its customers on the AT&T network.
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I'm glad to see the government stepping in on this as I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan and my speeds slow to a crawl once I receive the "your plan is unlimited data but once 5GB is reached we reduce your data throughput to alleviate strain on the network". I'm sorry but I pay for unlimited data without any restraints and a class action lawsuit should be easily obtained. Highly deceptive marketing and pretty much the same as having a 5GB data plan in my opinion. But, I digress.
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coming soon: big rate increases for unlimited data plans.
you want it? you're gonna have to pay for it.
no free lunch.
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The first words from the Mrs. were, "the rates are going to go up!" This can also apply to internet if they want to rake the wallets more.
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The first words from the Mrs. were, "the rates are going to go up!" This can also apply to internet if they want to rake the wallets more.
The internet should be regulated like public utilities.
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Originally Posted by darkdream View Post
The internet should be regulated like public utilities.
which would mean lots of taxes too. be careful what you ask for.
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The internet should be regulated like public utilities.
Why would you suggest this? You already pay the service to access it. What good is throwing more wasted money in the governments direction for most likely poorer service?
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Why would you suggest this? You already pay the service to access it. What good is throwing more wasted money in the governments direction for most likely poorer service?
Out of all developed countries, the US has the slowest internet speeds. Non wireless internet is basically a monopoly so there is little to no competition for them to offer any faster services. It is pretty difficult to get any poorer service than having the slowest internet speeds of any developed country.
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Name another nation with 300 million people or more and as big or bigger than the u.s. with better overall internet. It's easier to be a critic than an author, but I do wish they allowed competition on the infrastructure to lower costs.
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