Global: AT&T revises data policy of unlimited plan after FCC’s $100 million fine

After the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about its unlimited wireless data plan, the company has increased the amount of data that users on ‘unlimited’ plans can use before throttling the speed. Under the new policy, AT&T will slow the speed, if the users use more than 22 gigabytes in a billing period and are in an area where the network is particularly busy. The previous threshold was five gigabytes.


In 2011, AT&T customers under unlimited plans began experience data throttling by 90 percent after 5GB, which spurred thousands of complaints. FCC alleged that the wireless provider failed to properly convey customers about the policy and proposed a fine of $100 million, the largest proposed fine in the 81-year history of the telecommunications regulator.

However, AT&T denied the charges and claimed that it took steps to inform the customers about the policy. The case is pending with FCC. AT&T no longer offers unlimited plans to its customers. Only those existing subscribers retain the plan.

Under the revised policy, AT&T customers will be notified when they get closed to 22GB.

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September 17, 2015 12:27 pm 12:27 PM

India is better, 264 gb @ just rs1664 on tata communications/tata docomo wireline broadband @20-50mbps

September 17, 2015 12:13 pm 12:13 PM

People who need true unlimited data would rather go to T-mobile.

Kiran Fernandes
September 17, 2015 12:41 pm 12:41 PM

T-Mobile is great, but they dont allow tethering. A lot of people in the US are living in areas where there is no fixed wireline service, and the only way to access the net is via 3g/4g.

September 17, 2015 2:38 pm 2:38 PM

T-Mobile does allow tethering, however it is not unlimited. If, say, internet usage on smartphone is unlimited, tethering is restricted to 7GB.

Aam aadmi
September 17, 2015 5:10 pm 5:10 PM
Toh matlab tereko sab pata hai aur hum log sab buddhu hai kyu ? Yehi kehna chahtey ho kya ? T-Mobile ki 4G coverage dekhi hai, ek dum bakwaas hai aur jo Band 12 hai unkey paas woh aadhey sey zyaadey phone support bhi nahi kartey. Reliance ki jaisi India maain coverage hai waisi T-Mobile ke US maain hai. Jab tak maain city maain ho tab tak theek hai, city ke baahar gaav wagar maain ek dum zero. Aur kab tak woh apna yeh uncarrier funda chalayengey, agar aisa hi raha toh aagley saal ke 600 auction maain woh kya… Read more »
September 17, 2015 12:40 pm 12:40 PM

I have Spectranet tru unlimited plan for 1299 and speed is 20Mbps