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Tech Enforcement At Risk If AT&T Ruling Stands, U.S. Says

  • FTC asks appeals court to reconsider data-throttling ruling
  • Google among firms that could avoid enforcement, FTC says
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Google and other technology companies could potentially sidestep U.S. enforcement of consumer-protection laws if a federal appeals court ruling siding with AT&T Inc. isn’t reversed, the Federal Trade Commission is warning.

The FTC, in court papers filed Thursday, argued that an August appeals court decision risks eroding its mission of protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive practices. That’s because the ruling eliminated the FTC’s jurisdiction over phone carriers and internet service providers. That could open the door for technology companies that also offer phone or broadband service to avoid the FTC’s reach in consumer protection cases.