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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Misleading Consumers About Unlimited Data Plans

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed fining AT&T Mobility $100 million for misleading its customers about unlimited mobile data plans. The FCC alleged that AT&T severely slowed down the data speeds for millions of customers with unlimited data plans and that the company failed to adequately notify them that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised. In 2011, AT&T implemented a “Maximum Bit Rate” policy and capped the maximum data speeds for customers after they used a set amount of data within a billing cycle. The FCC alleged that the capped speeds were much slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised and significantly impaired the ability of AT&T customers to access the Internet or use data applications for the remainder of the billing cycle. The FCC charged AT&T with violating the 2010 Open Internet Transparency Rule by falsely labeling these plans as “unlimited” and by failing to sufficiently inform customers of the maximum speed they would receive under the Maximum Bit Rate policy. See related AT&T instance, “Unlimited Data Plan “Throttling””.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
FCC
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Administrative
Disposition
Fine
Date of Notice of Apparent Liability
6/17/2015
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
AT&T Inc. $100,000,000
Further Information Released
FCC Press Release 6/17/2015
Notice of Apparent Liability 6/17/2015

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database