The Federal Trade Commission logo sewn into the carpet in the Commissioner's Conference Room at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Consumers weren’t happy when they signed up with AT&T for an unlimited wireless plan, only to see their data speeds reduced as they consumed data.

To appease the consumers and the Federal Trade Commission, which sued the wireless giant, AT&T will pay $60 million to settle the litigation. 

The complaint dates back to 2014, but begins in the year 2011. For context, this is just four years after the launch of the iPhone and mobile revolution. The FTC says AT&T didn’t notify consumers that if they reached a certain amount of data use in a given billing cycle, AT&T would throttle their speeds, making usage very sketchy.

“AT&T promised unlimited data – without qualification – and failed to deliver on that promise,” said Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement announcing the settlement. “While it seems obvious, it bears repeating that Internet providers must tell people about any restrictions on the speed or amount of data promised.”



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