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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

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Samsung fined $5.7 million for slowing down phones, Apple style

A watchdog group called the Italian Authority for Market and Competition just issued South Korean electronics giant Samsung a fine for 5 million euros (~$5.7 million), via SamMobile. The cash penalty is due to the “Samsung slow down,” i.e., the phenomenon of smartphones dropping in performance after receiving new updates. – C. Scott Brown, Android Authority https://trib.al/rvYXi9f

Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire

“County Fire has experienced throttling by its ISP, Verizon,” Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote in a declaration. “This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services. Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire’s ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2BJxcbp

Netflix and Alphabet will need to become ISPs, fast

Ultimately, Alphabet’s strategic advantage against Comcast, AT&T and other massive ISPs is going to rest on a sort of mutually assured destruction. If Comcast throttles YouTube, then Alphabet can propose launching in a critical (read: lucrative) Comcast market. Further investment in Fiber, Project Fi or perhaps a 5G-centered wireless strategy will be required to give it to the leverage to bring those negotiations to a better outcome. – Danny Crichton, TechCrunch https://ift.tt/2LKflkr

AT&T suffers another blow in court over throttling of “unlimited” data

This isn’t the only lawsuit AT&T faces over its unlimited data throttling. The Federal Trade Commission has been trying to get refunds for customers since October 2014, but AT&T claimed the FTC has no jurisdiction over the company. Last month, the Ninth Circuit appeals court ruled against AT&T, allowing the FTC to continue its lawsuit against the company. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2DJCVcW

Net Neutrality Gets Its Official Execution Date—But the Fights to Keep It Alive Are Going Strong

Assuming that everything goes on schedule, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order will be published in the federal register tomorrow and become formal policy for the agency sometime around April 23rd. There’s no reason to believe that this Federal Communications Commission will reverse course on its own, but there are so many fights still to be resolved over the next year or so, and it’s even possible that we won’t have to wait until April to be reassured that all traffic on the web will be treated equally. – Rhett Jones, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/mABzvWn

Consumer Groups Want Inquiry Into Verizon’s Netflix Throttling

And while being stuck at 10 Mbps isn’t the end of the world, most weren’t particularly happy with Verizon’s failure to be transparent about what it was doing. Consumer groups like Free Press have called on the FCC to investigate Verizon’s throttling practices and whether they violate the existing net neutrality rules (however long those last). – Karl Bode, DSL Reports http://ift.tt/2uD6qtX
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