The USPTFE is now using consumer data from its mobile app to sue AT&T, a company that has been accused of throttling users’ data by making it harder to transfer data to new devices.
The USPTE says Verizon used information from its user database to track consumers’ location and speed, and to send them repeated “suspicions” that they were using the network to download content.
It is the first time the USPPE has accused the phone and internet giant of throttled customers.
It said that Verizon was notifying AT&s users that they would be subject to a $1,000 fine and an unlimited number of warnings and sanctions, including having to delete their accounts, and also limiting the number of times a consumer can download content from its site.
The agency said that AT&ams phone and website “sensitized” its users’ locations, and sent them multiple notifications that the phone was experiencing congestion, which affected their ability to access services such as video streaming.
It also said AT&s website and phone apps “sensor” the network, slowing down and depleting the bandwidth of AT&asts servers.
The FTC alleges that AT’s mobile app has “sustained throttling of its mobile data traffic in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act” and that Verizon “has engaged in practices to throttle its customers’ mobile data.”
It said that “it appears that AT &t has deliberately increased the number and frequency of these throttling notifications to increase the chances of consumers not responding.”
The agency also said that its complaint is based on the “data-collection activities of AT <ys mobile app and its mobile websites.”
The FTC has said that it is pursuing a total of five class actions in the US, including those filed by AT&ts customers and Verizon customers.
The case is the largest class-action complaint in US history, the agency said.AT&ts customers in the class action include those who are in the middle of their contracts and are being asked to pay $9,500 to avoid being throttled.
AT>ains customers in that class are being offered a similar deal but the FTC said they could get a lower rate.AT &ts and Verizon declined to comment.
AT >ains said it has already reached a settlement with the FTC and agreed to suspend throttling for a year, which the FTC expects to occur in December.