Apple joins government task force to kill robocalls

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Apple put a giant logo on the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for WWDC 2016
Apple is teaming up with top tech companies to end the scourge of robocalls.
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The scourge of robocalls may be coming to an end, thanks to a new task force comprised of over 30 top tech companies, including Apple.

The U.S. government has enlisted the help of Apple, AT&T, Alphabet, Verizon, Comcast and others to crack down on unsolicited, automated, prerecorded phone calls that have become the most frequent complaint the U.S. Federal Communications Commission receives from citizens.

AT&T pushes back on $100 million throttling fine

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AT&T is at war with the FCC.
AT&T is at war with the FCC.
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AT&T is asking the FCC to not make it pay the largest proposed fine in the agency’s history as punishment for throttling customers’ data speeds.

After being slammed with the $100 million fine by the FCC last month when the government agency found the carrier had throttled speeds for customers with ‘unlimited’ data plans, AT&T says it didn’t really harm anyone, so it shouldn’t have to pay up.

FCC slams AT&T with $100 million fine for throttling unlimited data plans

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Unlimited data's about to get a bit more pricey.
It's time for AT&T to pay up.
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The Federal Communications Commission announced today that it’s slapping AT&T with a hefty fine for misleading subscribers about unlimited data plans. At a grand total of $100 million, it’s the largest fine the agency has proposed, after AT&T was caught throttling speeds of unlimited data plans without telling them.