AT&T puts its trust in the FCC over the FTC when it comes to an investigation over its throttling

AT&T puts its trust in the FCC over the FTC when it comes to an investigation over its throttling
Yesterday, we told you about a legal filing made by AT&T, seeking a dismissal of an FTC lawsuit against the carrier. The FTC had originally filed its suit in October, stating that AT&T misled its unlimited customers, who are now subject to having their data speed throttled. AT&T claims that as a common carrier, it is the FCC that has jurisdiction over this matter, not the FTC.

Based on the Motion to Dismiss filed by AT&T, a copy of which we embedded in our story on Thursday, it would appear that the FCC is involved in an investigation to see if AT&T has deceived its unlimited customers. The reason we know this is a comment made by AT&T in its dismissal filing. AT&T wrote, "The FTC seeks to litigate the very same issues in an inappropriate parallel proceeding." That would seem to indicate that a proceeding over the same subject is active right now.

And AT&T even goes further in the document by saying that the FCC is in the process of deciding whether its network management program (read throttling) is "unfair" and the disclosures it made "inadequate." The nation's second largest carrier even says that the FCC should be handling this affair "just as congress intended."

We don't know how long it will take for a ruling on AT&T's dismissal motion. Considering that AT&T is putting its trust in the FCC over the FTC, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.


source: GigaOm

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6 Comments

1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'm no lawyer, but I'm pretty sure the FTC is interested in fraud.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's the Federal T!tty Commission. The only fraud they deal with is saline implants.

2. pickachoo

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Well duh att "sponsors" the FCC.

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wasn't the FCC investigating them last summer for just that thing?

13. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Legit complaint. But the real, sad story here? At least AT&T lets their legacy customers keep unlimited (albeit throttled) data. Hell, their existing AND new customers get unlimited (yes...albeit throttled) data on GoPhone and Cricket. T-Mobile is unlimited, period. Sprint still has some unlimited plans. Not Verizon, though. They'll gladly **** you in the a** and tell you about how great they are, and that's not holding much water any more. Eat it, Verizon.

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yep, switched from Sprint to Cricket, basically same rate I was paying (Was on framily) but now I actually have unlimited data, just throttled. And given how slow sprint is around here on some days, at worse it will probably just take me back to those simpler times, lol.

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