Push Against AT&T Throttling On Change.org

A recent campaign on Change.org protesting working conditions at Apple’s China-based factories drew 250,000 signatures. A new effort on the nonprofit site is taking on AT&T over its policy of throttling usage of wireless customers with unlimited data plans. A petition calling on the carrier to stop slowing down data speeds for unlimited subscribers has drawn 8,000 supporters so far.

The campaign was started by AT&T customer Jane Foody, who said the company threatened to throttle her data because she falls within the top 5% of data users in here area. Change.org said the effort is one of 50 petitions started on the site in recent weeks against the practice.

Last week, a California small claims court ordered AT&T to pay unemployed truck driver Matt Spaccarelli $850 for throttling his service. The company had argued it has the right to change the terms of its contracts under certain circumstances, according to The Associated Press. AT&T said it plans to appeal the ruling.

More than 17 million customers have unlimited data plans that could be affected by the throttling policy AT&T announced last July.

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