AT&T to pay $60 million fine for throttling unlimited data plans

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On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced that AT&T will pay $60 million to settle a case with the agency. It alleges that the company lied to customers about its unlimited data plans because it throttled their data if they ever went over a certain threshold.

The settlement requires AT&T to deposit that $60 million into a fund that will be used to provide partial refunds to customers who signed up for unlimited data plans before the year 2011.

The company is also barred from marketing plans off of their suggested speed or amount of data without disclosing any restrictions those plans may have.

The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection director Andrew Smith said in a statement “AT&T promised unlimited data—without qualification—and failed to deliver on that promise. While it seems obvious, it bears repeating that Internet providers must tell people about any restrictions on the speed or amount of data promised.”

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