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FCC plans to fine AT&T $100M over 'unlimited' data plan throttling

06/17, 7:40pm

FCC claims AT&T misled consumers using grandfathered unlimited data plans

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to fine AT&T to the tune of $100 million, for "misleading its customers about unlimited mobile data plans." Resulting from complaints received by the agency since 2011, the carrier is being penalized for throttling the amount of data for customer accounts that have plans marketed with "unlimited data" once they reach a certain threshold for the month.

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AT&T serves notice it will sue over Title II reclassification

02/03, 4:15pm

Argues that prioritization, throttling are 'information services'

Carrier AT&T has filed two notices with the Federal Communications Commission that argue against the planned introduction of a proposal by FCC Chair Tom Wheeler to reclassify broadband and mobile data providers as "common carriers" under Title II. The proposal, yet to be formally introduced, would get rid of paid-prioritization deals, ensure net neutrality, cease blocking and throttling users without cause, and require more transparency in dealings by ISPs.

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T-Mobile, FCC reach agreement to help inform data-throttled customers

11/24, 8:57pm

Carrier to modify text messages, disclosures to customers, report accurate speed tests

US carrier T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an agreement today that changes the way T-Mobile handles customers that go over their data caps in any given month. The FCC says T-Mobile will take steps to ensure customers are better informed about the reduced speeds, including providing accurate speed tests.

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Verizon retreats from 'network optimization' for unlimited data users

10/01, 7:13pm

Carrier drops policy on LTE data speed limits on day it was set to be implemented

Verizon had a change of heart on its implementation of "network optimization" that would result in slower 4G LTE speeds for account holders with unlimited data. Initially, the carrier announced a change in policy that was said only to impact the "top five percent" of unlimited plan users, as the company would manage their data speeds in order to optimize speeds in the area for others.

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FCC now investigating all wireless carriers on throttling policies

08/09, 12:58am

Enquiry expands as throttling 'expands to a business issue' rather than technical hurdle

The FCC has decided to expand its investigation into Verizon's recently-announced changes in "unlimited" data for subscribers into a full review of the entire US cellular industries network management policies, with a particular focus on "throttling" policies and how they are implemented, particularly for customers still on an "unlimited" data plan. The agency is even questioning carriers about why it would need throttling policies on more-efficient LTE networks at all.

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FCC 'deeply troubled' over Verizon's decision to slow down customers

07/30, 7:54pm

Letter from Chairman Wheeler asks Verizon to justify its network management

Last week, one of the largest mobile carriers in the United States announced it would begin throttling some unlimited accounts that access 4G LTE. Verizon stated that it would begin the effort in October, but it would be limited to only the top five percent of data users on unlimited plans. While the slowdown won't have an effect on all LTE customers, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler believes that the new policy is running afoul of several regulations.

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Leak: Verizon 'six strikes' will throttle user connections

01/11, 5:51pm

Mandatory viewing of anti-piracy video part of measures

Details on how Verizon will allegedly implement its "six-strikes" anti-piracy policy, set to roll out this year, have surfaced online. Warnings, bandwidth throttling, and obligatory viewings of an anti-piracy video will be applied to connections of alleged infringers, before their IP address will be passed over to the MPAA and RIAA, in order for legal action to take place.

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Google project aims to expose Internet blockers

01/28, 7:15pm

Google M Lab

Google has collaborated with the Open Technology Institute and PlanetLab to develop a project, Measurement Lab (M-Lab), that intends to allow Internet users determine if their service provider is blocking or throttling access to online content. The search giant will establish 36 servers in 12 locations that researchers will be able to use for gathering data for analysis. "When an Internet application doesn't work as expected or your connection seems flaky, how can you tell whether there is a problem caused by your broadband ISP, the application, your PC, or something else?" said Vint Cerf, chief Internet guru at Google.

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UK ISPs agree to advertised speed standard

06/05, 5:00pm

UK ISPs get ad standard

Ofcom, the UK communication industry's independent regulator, is planning to make a voluntary standard for Internet providers to follow when advertising their maximum connection speeds. More than 90 percent of the country's ISPs agreed to complying with the new code, which would give customers a more accurate comparison of performance between companies when shopping for a new provider.

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