AT&T Chooses to Pay, Not Fight, Throttling Verdict


AT&T has decided it won't fight a landmark ruling in which a California man won a small-claims battle against the communications giant over alleged so-called "throttling."

Matt Spaccarelli of Simi Valley, Calif., successfully sued AT&T because it was squeezing the data service on his phone, in spite of the fact that he had an unlimited data plan. "Throttling" has been AT&T's practice of limiting download speeds from some of its most-active subscribers. Spaccarelli won $850, plus $85 in court costs, in California small claims court.

AT&T said it has 17 million subscribers on its unlimited plans.