The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that T-Mobile will pay out $48 million to settle a dispute over “unlimited” data plans that aren’t so unlimited. $7.5 million of that will be paid as a fine to the FCC, while the rest will be “consumer benefits” offered to T-Mobile customers with unlimited plans. $5 million is also being kicked in as equipment for American schools.
The complaints are specifically related to T-Mobile’s practice of “de-prioritizing” — a nice way of saying “throttling” — heavy data users during times of network congestion. According to the FCC, T-Mobile didn’t do enough to inform people that they’d be throttled if they used over 17GB of data a month, presumably because telling people there’s a data limit kinda goes against the whole “unlimited” thing.