AT&T Negotiates With FTC Over Deceitful Data Plans Complaints

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Telecom AT&T is in talks with the Federal Trade Commission to clear up the issue regarding the company’s alleged misleading limitless mobile phone data plans.

AT&T spokesman Mike Balmoris said, “We have decided not to seek review by the Supreme Court, to focus instead on negotiating a fair resolution of the case with the Federal Trade Commission.”

In 2014, the agency charged the provider for deceiving millions of subscribers. Consumers are charged for unlimited data plans while cutting down data speeds at the same time once they approached certain data usage levels.

The lawsuit was revived in February but was thrown out following AT&T’s argument that it was an exemption from the FTC regulations and should have been under the jurisdiction of the FCC. The FTC has been forbidden to regulate common carriers. At&t has been a common carrier for several years for its mobile voice as well as landline phone services.

However, once the repeal becomes officially effective on June 11, the FTC will have the authority to govern broadband providers totally. On that day, they will no longer be classified as common carriers.

In June 2015, the FCC proposed to fine AT&T $100 million for misinforming millions of customers regarding unlimited data plans. The agency did not pursue with the fine.

It is worth noting that the cable company intended to appeal its loss in the lawsuit regarding the said unlimited data plans to the US Supreme Court before May 29, 2018 deadline. However, it decided not to file any more petition and not asked for a deadline extension.

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