Tag Archives: Federal Trade Commision

FTC investigation into Apple heats up, music streaming services hit with subpoenas

Apple’s App Store guidelines call for a 30 percent fee to be charged to any sales by a subscription service that signs up users through an iOS app and uses iAP, which is essentially every paid music streaming service. This forces music streaming services like Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Tidal — who all charge $9.99 a month for their subscription service on their own sites — to charge users who sign up through their respective iOS apps $12.99 a month to make up for the lost revenue it must pay to Apple. – Micah Singleton, The Verge

Judge rejects AT&T claim that FTC can’t stop unlimited data throttling

The Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T in October 2014, saying the company deceived customers by offering unlimited data plans and then throttling data speeds once customers hit certain usage thresholds, such as 3GB or 5GB in a month. AT&T claimed in January that because it is a common carrier, it isn’t subject to FTC jurisdiction. […] “When this suit was filed, AT&T’s mobile data service was not regulated as common carrier activity by the Federal Communications Commission,” [Judge Edward Chen] wrote. “Once the Reclassification Order of the Federal Communications Commission (which now treats mobile data serve as common carrier activity) goes into effect, that will not deprive the FTC of any jurisdiction over past alleged misconduct as asserted in this pending action.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica