T-Mobile fined in data dispute
T-Mobile is being slapped with a $48 million fine after regulators found its so-called “unlimited” data plans did, in fact, have limits.
The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday T-Mobile didn’t let customers know that heavy usage could trigger lower speeds, although it’s done a better job of disclosing that since June 2015.
T-Mobile’s website now says that customers who use more than 26 gigabytes of data each month may get slower speeds. To pay the fine T-Mobile will give $35.5 million in discounts and rebates to customers, and it will pay a $7.5 million penalty. It will also spend $5 million to provide free internet service on devices for children in low-income school districts. T-Mobile called it “a good settlement.”
The FCC fined AT&T $100 million last year for similar reasons, and AT&T is disputing that fine.