According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), AT&T will be refunding more than $88 million to over 2.7 million users who were unfairly charged in their bills by third parties. About a couple of years ago, the major US wireless carrier had agreed to pay a penalty in the amount of $105 million as settlement for an investigation conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
T-Mobile will be paying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) $48 million as settlement for misleading mobile users with regards to its unlimited data plan. Just this week, the government agency revealed that through an investigation, the major wireless carrier was found to have not done enough to make the connection speed and data restrictions on its unlimited data plan clear to consumers. The FCC had gotten some complaints from subscribers of T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan, claiming that they were not notified that their data would be throttled to virtually impossibly slow connection speeds after they go beyond 17 gigabytes in any given month.
The second biggest wireless carrier in America will be paying an amount of $450,000 to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in order to settle an inquiry made by the US government agency regarding charges that AT&T had set up fixed wireless stations without getting the proper authorization or filing the needed license modification notices.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a statement revealing that it has recently entered into a settlement with major US wireless carrier AT&T, wherein AT&T will need to pay $6.8 million to wireline customers who were charged $9 a month for availing of directory assistance services that turned out to be run by scammers. The scam was originally discovered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and after some investigation, it was determined that that the phony directory assistance services was set up as a tool to assist in money laundering activities.
AT&T is rejecting the notion that it should be paying the $100 million fine issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over charges that the wireless carrier deceived its customers over its unlimited wireless data plans.
T-Mobile will have to pay a fine in the amount of $17.5 million over emergency 911 services outages that occurred in its network in 2014. The fine was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which cited two instances of 911 service outages that happened in August of last year. Apart from paying the $17.5 million fine, the carrier will also need to undergo a compliance program, which should help T-Mobile prevent similar emergency service outages of happening in the future. Specifically, the carrier is asked by the FCC to implement steps to identify risks that could result to outages, protect against such risks, and then develop a response and recovery protocol in case such outages occur.
AT&T could face a fine in the amount of $100 million from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after the agency determined that the carrier deceived its subscribers over its unlimited wireless data plans.
As investigated by the FCC, it appears that AT&T slowed down its 4G LTE service for customers of its unlimited data plans when these users went beyond their allowance of 5 gigabytes of data each month. The carrier allegedly dropped speeds to as slow as 512 kilobits per second (kbps), which is equivalent to just 5 percent of what AT&T promised for its 4G LTE service. On top of that, the carrier made no effort to properly inform its subscribers that they could expect to have slowed down data.
When you offer unlimited data, you should provide unlimited data. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to impose that rule by fining mobile virtual network operator TracFone $40 million for throttling the data speeds of its subscribers.
According to the FTC, TracFone has misled its subscribers by advertising plans with unlimited data and then slowing down the data speeds (and in some cases, even shut down the data) when customers go beyond a certain amount of gigabytes of data per month.
TracFone apparently throttled data speeds when users consumed between 1 to 3 gigabytes of data within a billing period, and even completely cut off data after 4 to 5 gigabytes.
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