AT&T fined $100 Million for Misleading Customers

Jun 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm |

As a Verizon lover, I wish I had a gig of data for every time I hear someone with AT&T complain about their data not working. Well, it turns out there’s a very good reason for my friends complaining. It’s called “throttling” and it’s targeted at those that use a lot of data – the network slows down your data speed after you’ve used up a certain amount of data.

girl iphone sad

(Photo by JESHOOTS /

While the practice of throttling isn’t illegal, mobile network AT&T covered up the fact that they were doing it. According to The Washington Post, The Federal Communications Commission is not happy, fining the company a whopping $100 million dollars for lying about throttling. AT&T is fighting it saying they did nothing wrong.

Scared of something similar happening to them, rival network Sprint has already given up throttling. For those who used more than 5 gigs a months, the network used to throttle data during during peak hours, which is extremely frustrating for those using phones for work.

Will you stick with AT&T?

Ever wonder why your data seems to go slower when you really need it?