AT&T facing $100 million fine for “deceiving” data users
The Federal Communications Commission of the United States Of America, FCC, has announced that it is slapping mobile network provider, AT&T, with a $100 million fine for “deceiving” customers who purchased the carrier’s “Unlimited” data plans.
The government body was brought to notice by thousands of complaints from AT&T users who complained getting extremely slow transfer speed once a certain cap was reached in the plan. They said that AT&T did not warn them of such behavior in the data plan campaign.
“Consumers deserve to get what they pay for,” FCC said through a statement delivered by one of its five commissioners, Tom Wheeler.
“Broadband providers must be upfront and transparent about the services they provide. The FCC will not stand idly by while consumers are deceived by misleading marketing materials and insufficient disclosure,” the statement read.
AT&T has 30 days to respond to the charges and if the commission isn’t satisfied with the reply, the company will have to pay $100 million in fines even though the final amount could be reduced along the line.
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