AT&T Ad Claims Draw FCC Heat

DATA FINE: The Federal Communications Commission wants to bring the hammer down on AT&T, saying it will fine the telecommunications giant $100 million (the largest proposed fine in FCC history) for allegedly deceiving customers about unlimited wireless data plans, The Wall Street Journal reports. It was the advertising for the plans that got the company in trouble. The FCC says AT&T marketed plans as “unlimited” before capping data speeds after customers used 5 gigabytes of data. The capped speeds were then considerably slower, the FCC says. AT&T claims the FCC had said the practice was legitimate and that it had

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Verizon & Alltel Merger Gets Approval

Verizon Wireless has received approval from the US Justice Department to purchase rival Alltel.  Alltel services many rural areas and as a consequence Verizon will have meet some conditions. The Justice Department said it will require Verizon to divest assets in 100 areas in 22 states in order to proceed with its $28 billion acquisition. The government said that the transaction as originally proposed would have substantially lessened competition to the detriment of consumers of mobile wireless telecommunications services in those areas, and likely would result in higher prices, lower quality and reduced network investments. To read the full story go

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