T-Mobile to pay $7.5M penalty as part of Consent Decree with FCC
The Federal Communications Commission entered into a Consent Decree to resolve its investigation into whether T-Mobile USA provided accurate and sufficient disclosures regarding the de-prioritization policy it applies to T-Mobile and MetroPCS "unlimited" data plan customers, as required by the Open Internet Transparency, according to a court filing. T-Mobile will spend at least $35.5M to make certain consumer benefits available to current T-Mobile and MetroPCS unlimited data plan customers. These customers will receive a discount of 20% off, up to $20, of the regular price of any in-stock accessory. In addition, unlimited data plan customers who also subscribe to a Mobile Internet data line, known as a Simple Choice MINT plan under the T-Mobile brand, or a Tablet plan under the MetroPCS brand, will automatically receive a free upgrade of 4GB of additional data. T-Mobile will also spend at least $5M dollars plus any unredeemed funds from the consumer benefit program, to address the homework gap in low-income school districts. T-Mobile will pay a $7.5M civil penalty.