US FTC and AT&T have reached a settlement in a 2014 lawsuit on data throttling

The FTC in 2014 sued AT&T on the grounds that it failed to inform consumers it would slow the speeds of heavy data users on unlimited plans.


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and AT&T Inc reached a settlement agreement on a 2014 case that accused the company of slowing down data sent to wireless devices, a federal court ruling showed on Friday.

US District Court in San Francisco said the parties requested a 90-day stay for the FTC to review and vote on the proposed settlement. The value of the settlement was not disclosed.

US FTC and AT&T have reached a settlement in a 2014 lawsuit on data throttling

AT&T. Reuters

FTC and AT&T reached the agreement on 2 Aug.

The FTC in 2014 sued AT&T on the grounds that the No. 2 US wireless carrier failed to inform consumers it would slow the speeds of heavy data users on unlimited plans.

The intense back-and-forth battle between the FTC and the company included dismissal of the case in 2017 on grounds that AT&T was a common carrier and because of this was not subject to FTC jurisdiction.

The case is Federal Trade Commission v AT&T Mobility Llc, US district court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco division, Case No. 14-cv-04785-EMC.