AT&T has been fined to the tune of $100 million by the FCC after it was found to have slowed its unlimited data in a sneaky manner.
AT&T has found itself in a fine kettle of fish. The #2 cellular company in the United States was fined a whopping $100 million by the FCC after it was discovered that it had slowed down Internet speeds for its unlimited data consumers.
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The FCC had to take the drastic step after it discovered the underhand methodology employed by AT&T to take illegal advantage of its customers. The chairman of the FCC wants the ordinary citizens to have absolute control over their Net working conditions.
And although AT&T is the first such agency to undergo this harrowing experience, the rest of the cellular companies have become wary lest they too meet a similar fate. The FCC is using its clout to hit these companies on the head as punishment for their illegal practices.
"Consumers deserve to get what they pay for," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement. "Broadband providers must be upfront and transparent about the services they provide. The FCC will not stand idly by while consumers are deceived by misleading marketing materials and insufficient disclosure."
AT&T had started a system where most of its unlimited data subscribers had up to 12 hours per month when their Internet speed slowed down considerably. Many of these customers had begun whining about the troubling technological symptoms.
It had become a nuisance and a snag of sorts. That is until the FCC intervened and put matters right by fining AT&T thereby ensuring that justice had been done. The fine is the most humongous that the FCC has ever levied on any one of its targets in all of history.
It shows that the big fish do not always get their way in things. A sense of balance and righteousness has been restored thanks to this worthy act of justice and retribution by the FCC. The execs at AT&T will probably think twice the next time they even think about putting the screws to subscribers’ Net speed limits in a shady way.
However, AT&T has announced to fight the fine.
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"We will vigorously dispute the FCC's assertions," said Emily Edmonds, spokeswoman for AT&T (via CNN). "The FCC has specifically identified this practice as a legitimate and reasonable way to manage network resources for the benefit of all customers, and has known for years that all of the major carriers use it. We have been fully transparent with our customers, providing notice in multiple ways and going well beyond the FCC's disclosure requirements."