$700,000 - less than the cost of a commercial.
They spend more than that on producing and running one commercial nationwide. hardly a deterrent.
If the court-ordered refunds include actual and punitive damages, that would be more appropriate. However I'm not holding my breath on that.
Buckle Up. It makes it harder for the aliens to suck you out of your car.
Did the author even read the FCC's statement?
AT&T is paying this because AT&T sales, insurance, and warranty agents put non-smartphone users with pay-per-use data plans, at the grandfathered rate of either $.10 per kilobyte or the still available rate of $2.00 per megabyte, onto tiered data plans of either 300 MB for $20, 3 GB for $30, or 5 GB for $50 when they switched to smart phones. If you read the statement from the FCC that you linked, you would know this. This has nothing to do with Unlimited Data, which the FCC has actually been forcing large service providers like AT&T and Verizon to do away with. This is largely because when unlimited data was first available, cell phones couldn't do things like tethering and streaming. The wide availability of smart phones has changed this and as a result, these features being used on unlimited data are often the cause of network congestion which impact everyone's data speeds. This article is absolutely right about AT&T's throttling of data usage for those who are in the top 5% of ''unlimited'' data usage for their market (not of all data users). Throttling begins after 3 GB of usage for subscribers in this category. AT&T subscribers are pretty lucky to have AT&T because Verizon doesn't allow grandfathered Unlimited Data users to keep their unlimited data if they upgrade (you can still get around this by doing a cross upgrade). AT&T will only remove your unlimited data if you explicitly ask to change your data plan on a line which has unlimited data.