9th Circ. Nixes FTC's Data Throttling Suit Against AT&T

By Y. Peter Kang (August 29, 2016, 5:13 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday tossed a suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission accusing AT&T Mobility LLC of illegally slowing internet service to unlimited data customers, determining that the telecommunications giant is a common carrier exempted under the FTC Act.

The FTC lodged the suit in October 2014, accusing AT&T of throttling data to customers who were grandfathered in on seemingly unlimited data plans, thus limiting the customers' data without telling them first. (Credit: AP) A three-judge Ninth Circuit panel reversed a lower court's denial of AT&T's motion to dismiss a "data throttling" suit brought by federal trade regulators under...

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