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Data throttling, or slowing down network speeds for customers with unlimited-data plans who cross certain data usage thresholds in a billing cycle, is in the spotlight thanks to the FCC’s net neutrality rules:
As we previously reported, the FCC is fining AT&T a substantial $100 million for its data throttling practices. The agency found that AT&T significantly throttled data for customers on unlimited data plans once they crossed 5GB of data in billing cycle and were misleading and opaque in this practice. These customers had throttled data access for an average 12 days per billing cycle, at speeds over 20 times slower than normal network speeds that AT&T claims to offer.