The FTC today announced it had settled a lawsuit with AT over misleading marketing concerning the company’s “unlimited” data plans and would issue a $60 million fine.
The fine comes five years after the suit was brought forth by FTC chairpersons who, in 2014, determined that AT had likely begun the practice of throttling data on customers’ “unlimited” plans as far back 2011.
The suit alleges that all customers on the specific plan(s) were subject to this practice upon reaching a specific usage threshold.
AT, in reference to the fine, gave the following statement to The Verge earlier today:
Even though it has been years since we applied this network management tool in the way described by the FTC, we believe this is in the best interests of consumers.
It’s no surprise that AT appears to have no objection to the $60 million fine.