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AT&T to Pay $60 Million Settlement Over Accusations of Data Throttling

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According to an FTC press release, the $60 million that AT&T is set to pay as part of the settlement will be used to issue partial refunds to victims of its alleged data-throttling scheme who signed up for unlimited plans before 2011. (The agency noted that those customers won’t need to file a formal claim to receive their partial refund.) Additionally, the company will be required to provide clear and prominent disclosures about its mobile data plans and any associated restrictions on those plans. – Catie Keck, Gizmodo » http://gizmo.do/iK6uxS5

Charter Will Pay Customers Up to $150 Each in Record $174 Million Fraud Settlement

As a part of the settlement, the telecommunications company will have to refund $62.5 million to more than 700,000 customers because it allegedly promised speedier and more reliable internet service than it actually provided to those customers. This will be the largest payout an internet service provider has made to customers, according to an announcement NY Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood made on Tuesday. – Jennings Brown, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/bhvFzOw

Popcorn Time Users ‘Fined’ Over Michael Douglas Movie

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[U]sers of [Popcorn Time] in Scandinavia are coming under fire, with hundreds of Danish Internet account holders being hit with cash demands after their connections were linked with infringements of the Michael Douglas movie ‘And So It Goes‘. The demands for compensation are being issued by lawfirm Opus Law acting on behalf of the Denmark division of Scanbox Entertainment. They appear to average around $320, a much lower sum than is usually demanded in the United States, for example, but still a considerable amount for a single movie. – Andy, TorrentFreak

It’s About Damn Time: FCC Says Convention Centers Can’t Block Wifi

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The company in question is Smart City Networks. “Founded in the basement of the Houston Astrodome,” Smart City provides telecom services to convention centers all over the country and charges an insulting $80 fee for a single day of wifi service. To make matters worse, Smart City screwed over people who tried to get around the high fee by using a personal hotspot—the Federal Communications Commission caught the company using a wifi monitoring system to block hotspots that attendees tried to use to provide their own wifi. That’s pretty rude, and it’s also illegal. Now, Smart City will be the one paying. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Time Warner Cable placed 163 robocalls about unpaid bill to wrong person

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[A] federal judge yesterday ordered Time Warner Cable to pay [Araceli King] $229,500 for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The ruling was issued by US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York City, where TWC is based. The TCPA sets out a $500 fine for each violation, an amount that can be tripled for willful or knowing violations. The judge gave King triple damages for each of the 153 willful violations committed by Time Warner Cable. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

AT&T nailed with a massive $100 million for misleading consumers on ‘unlimited’ data plans

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday issued a massive smack down against AT&T for offering consumers “unlimited” data plans and then severely throttling their speeds once they reached certain limits every month. In all, the FCC hit AT&T with a huge $100 million fine for allegedly misleading consumers, although AT&T has vowed to not take this lying down. – Brad Reed, BGR

Crackdown on illegal streaming in Sweden

Users of illegal movie and television series streaming sites in Sweden including Popcorn Time are set to be tracked by a Danish lawfirm representing “major Hollywood companies” and could face fines of around 2000 SEK ($231). […] The crackdown is set to get underway in the summer and will focus on those logging on to sites including Dream Film, Swefilmer and Popcorn Time. – The Local

140 U.S. Internet Providers Disconnect Persistent File-Sharers

[Rightscorp, Inc.], a prominent piracy monitoring firm that works with [Warner Bros. Entertainment] and other copyright holders, claims that 140 U.S. ISPs are actively disconnecting repeat copyright infringers. While these numbers sound rather impressive, there’s a lot more to the story. […] The company monitors Bit Torrent networks for people who download titles owned by the copyright holders they work for, and then approaches these alleged pirates via their Internet providers. The ISPs are asked to forward Rightscorp’s settlement demands to the alleged infringer, which is usually around $20 per shared file. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak  http://ift.tt/1xxwHVp