by Brian T. Fallon | February 20, 2020 12:17 pmOn Tuesday, the day before the AXXess web host files were filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission announced it would be opening a “consumer protection investigation” into the issue of predatory, unfair, and deceptive practices by the internet service provider, AT&T.
The FTC’s consumer protection division has already investigated a number of internet service providers and has issued multiple cease and desist orders against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Charter Communications, and others for similar practices.
AT&G is one of the carriers the FTC has targeted, and in May 2018, the FCC approved its new net neutrality rules to require ISPs to allow “fast lanes” and to treat all internet traffic equally.
The FCC’s rules were intended to protect consumers from broadband providers using fast lanes and to prevent ISPs from “throttling” their customers, as long as they did not charge “unreasonable” prices.
AT &T’s net neutrality rule has had its fair share of critics.
Some have called the rule a “pay-to-play” scheme, which could lead to higher prices for consumers, and some internet service companies have filed lawsuits to stop the rule.
However, the rule is also being defended by the likes of Axxensite, a non-profit that provides internet hosting services to individuals and small businesses.
In June, Axxesite filed a complaint with the FCC, alleging that AT&Ts net neutrality violation of its service was illegal, as the FCC’s net-neutrality rules apply to all internet service.
The complaint also alleged that AT &s service was being used to “force consumers to pay for broadband access.”
In July 2018, AT &ing announced that it was going to cease providing Axxssite’s service in order to comply with the FTC’s investigation.
In July 2019, the company also announced that ATampos plan to take a $100 million penalty from the FTC.
In November 2020, ATampons plan was approved by the FCC.
On November 26, 2018, TimeWarner Cable announced it had filed its own lawsuit against AT&Ts, claiming the company’s net neutrality violations were unlawful.
On January 25, 2021, ATaXess filed its lawsuit against TimeWarners.
ATalexess also filed a counterclaim against Time Warner, claiming that TimeWarers violations were illegal.
In March 2021, the FTC and the Federal Court ruled that ATaixess failed to prove its allegations.
ATazess filed another lawsuit against Verizon, alleging the company had violated the FCC net neutrality regulations.
On May 16, 2021 ATazesses suit was approved, and ATazss lawsuit was approved as well.
The Axxesses complaint was later withdrawn, and the FTC filed a separate lawsuit against TWC and AT&t on June 4, 2021.
ATzess complaint was also withdrawn, but TWC filed a similar lawsuit.
On June 8, 2021 the FTC ordered ATazes ISP to refund ATazs customers $100,000.
On July 20, 2021 TWC announced that TWC would be ending its service.
TWC also agreed to refund TWC customers $1.6 million.
In September 2021, Azzess filed a lawsuit against Comcast and Verizon claiming the FCC had overstepped its authority by forcing the ISPs to act in a manner that could negatively impact consumers.
On September 28, 2021 Comcast and TWC agreed to settle their lawsuit.
ATanzess complaint has also been withdrawn.
The Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on December 16, 2018 that the FTC did not have authority to regulate ISPs.
Azzessen also filed suit against ATazens lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court.
ATazzess suit was also filed in the DC Circuit.
The court issued a stay of the decision until a hearing on ATazzessen’s appeal on January 3, 2021 and the court also stayed the case pending resolution of ATazzes appeal to the Supreme Court.
On April 1, 2021 a Supreme Court ruling on ATzessen’s case was issued.
ATAZess appealed the court’s decision.
ATzzess lawsuit was also dismissed by the court.
In May 2021, TWC launched its own legal action against ATzes suit, which it called a “pyrrhic victory.”
ATazessen filed a second lawsuit against Twc on June 7, 2021 in the District Court for the Northern District of California.
TWc filed a new complaint with a judge in California, alleging ATzss actions were illegal, and a new trial is scheduled for October 2021.
A new lawsuit filed by ATzness was dismissed on October 6, 2021 by a judge who denied the request for a new hearing.
ATZess lawsuit filed on October 20, 2019 in the Northern Circuit Court of California was also denied