The Internet is about to go up, but how much are you paying for it?
This is the question at the heart of a lawsuit against AT&T and Google.
A class action lawsuit filed in US District Court in Los Angeles says AT&P and Google have violated consumers’ rights by slowing down the Internet, increasing the cost of mobile data, and charging higher prices for the same services.
AT&T and AT>, both owned by AT&t, are facing the lawsuit.
AT%s “unprecedented” conduct in this case, the lawsuit says, has affected millions of consumers.
“AT&”s alleged conduct is designed to discriminate and increase its profit margins, to make money on its own network and to avoid competition,” the lawsuit claims.
AT’s conduct is a clear violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1974 and the Communications Act of 1934, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, or political belief.
Google’s conduct “is particularly egregious because it discriminates against minority and women consumers, who are most likely to be the most impacted by this unprecedented rate of slowing and price hikes,” according to the complaint.
AT is a major Internet provider and has been in business for more than a century.
Google is a mobile search company.
AT also has said that its practices are designed to help consumers who are using its network. “
The plaintiffs are demanding that AT&&.;s conduct be stopped and that Google comply with their demands,” said Michael Levy, a partner at the law firm Friedman LLP.
AT also has said that its practices are designed to help consumers who are using its network.
AT, however, says the lawsuit is premature and will only add to its costs.
AT said in a statement that it has “firm commitments to protecting the privacy of consumers.”
Google, meanwhile, said in an emailed statement that “Google is committed to protecting consumers’ privacy and we are confident our actions comply with the law.”
“AT &.; is a consumer advocate and is the largest Internet provider in the country,” the company said.
“We’ve spent decades building the most comprehensive and best-performing Internet network in the world, and we believe consumers deserve the best Internet service available.”
AT<s proposed settlement would require AT&rt to allow its network operators to provide mobile data and voice service at prices that are equal to or lower than what they charge consumers who have signed up for mobile data.
AT says the proposed settlement “will allow AT&tt to offer competitive mobile broadband services to all consumers at competitive prices, and it will prevent Google from raising its prices to harm AT&pt;s ability to compete in the mobile broadband market.”
AT > says it is willing to make concessions in order to reach the agreement, but “the settlement will not give us the ability to eliminate the discriminatory conduct that the plaintiffs claim to have identified in this class action.”
AT says it has also committed to paying a $50 million penalty.
Google declined to comment.
AT and Google previously reached a $3 billion settlement in a class action suit against AT and other internet providers over their throttling of the internet and related services.
That settlement was finalized last month.
Google and AT both said in separate statements that they would be seeking additional information from consumers.
The plaintiffs in the case have asked a judge to issue a temporary restraining order preventing AT&g> from making any further discriminatory or unlawful changes to its mobile broadband service.
The lawsuit, which was filed on April 14, claims that AT <d and Google are imposing unreasonable rates on customers and “making significant profits off of consumers’ access to the Internet.”
AT and ATgt say the proposed agreement will “promote the growth of AT&mt;s broadband network and help the company achieve its stated objective of reaching 100 percent of mobile broadband customers by 2020.”