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FCC Orders T-Mobile to Reveal Throttling Speeds

by Jacob Kleinman | November 25, 2014November 25, 2014 4:45 pm PDT

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There’s nothing worse than throttling. After all, who doesn’t hate slow Internet? Unfortunately,  T-Mobile won’t stop throttling anytime soon, but thanks to the FCC at least now you’ll know exactly how much slower your service really is once you’ve hit your monthly data cap.

Moving forward, whenever T-Mobile throttles your plan, you’ll get a text message from the carrier revealing your new speed. The message should also link you to an accurate speed test, so you can check for yourself. Finally, T-Mobile will rewrite its online disclosures to be clearer, so customers actually know what they’re signing up for.

“T-Mobile has worked with the FCC to ensure that its customers are better informed about the speeds they are experiencing,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “Consumers need this information to fully understand what they are getting with their broadband service.”

In case you’re wondering, the main reason T-Mobile throttles its customers is for exceeding their monthly data caps. You might also get a speed reduction if the carrier catches you torrenting illegal content, though you should receive a few warnings before it actually flips the switch.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...