AT&T settles lawsuit over data slowdowns

CARRIER: An AT&T logo is pictured in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 24, 2018. The company reached a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission on Aug. 2. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

The Federal Trade Commission 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.

The U.S. 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.

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

The FTC in 2014 sued AT&T on the grounds that the No. 2 U.S. 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, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, Case No. 14-cv-04785-EMC.

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