FTC Files Complaint Against AT&T 'Throttling'

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against AT&T Mobility, alleging the company misled smartphone customers by reducing data speeds, as much as 90%, for millions of customers to whom it had sold "unlimited" data plans.

Filing a court complaint means the FTC “has reason to believe” AT&T is or has been violating the law.

The move comes as the FCC is investigating AT&T and other major mobile carriers for slowing data speeds on plans sold as unlimited, or what FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has characterized as "throttling."

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.