AT&T Fined $100 Million for Altering Speeds of Unlimited Data Packages
Few things in life suck and are absolutely nerve wrecking, one of these include a slow connection. And when you figure out that your network provider has been throttling with the speed intentionally, oh boy! The AT&T will be fined a total of $100 million for misleading customers by Federal Communications Commission.
Apparently the company slowed the internet speed of consumers that were using the unlimited data plan on purpose and did not notify customers of the action. According to the policies derived by the FCC it was a clear violation.
As per the agency’s rules, the broadband data practices need to be transparent. The agency claims that this is the largest amount ever fined to any company. FCC claims that they have received thousands of complaints since 2011 about the unlimited data plans being offered by AT&T.
When this issue was brought into the attention of AT&T, the data providers said openly that they only did what they had to, to keep the services running. It also claims that they notified all consumers prior to slowing the speed.
A spokesperson said that the company will ‘vigorously dispute the FCC’s assertions’. AT&T argues that slowing the internet on purpose is already considered ‘as a legitimate and reasonable way’ by the agency.
The final decision and who finally takes home the cup remains to be seen. The FCC is ready to fine the giant while it is still fighting and wants to get things done their way.
Many have complained about the data providers that they slow down the speed on purpose for their benefit while the company argues that it is for the benefit of consumers.