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US: AT&T urges FCC to cancel $100 million fine for data throttling

 |  August 2, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission slapped AT&T with a whopping $100 million fine, but the telecom operator is now urging the commission to reconsider.

The proposed $100 million penalty aims to punish AT&T for throttling the data speeds of subscribers who had unlimited plans. At the same time, this is the largest fine the FCC has ever proposed.

AT&T, for its part, is now asking the FCC to rethink the matter before proceeding with this proposal, arguing that it should not have to face such a fine because it did notify subscribers in due time.

“Although AT&T asserts that it has provided ample disclosures about these policies, we find that these disclosures do not cure AT&T’s apparent violations of the Open Internet Transparency Rule,” the FCC wrote back in June.

The commission further asserts that AT&T’s practices did not offer consumers the information needed to make decisions regarding their broadband service, thus impeding market competition for such services.

Full content: The Register

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