German Court bars Deutsche Telekom from Throttling Internet Speed

Deutsche Telekom has recently come under fire for attempting to introduce caps to users’ internet speed. The Cologne Regional Court banned Deutsche from enforcing a limit on users exceeding 75GB of downloads that would see speeds reduced to 2MB a second. Considering users in certain parts of Germany can get speeds of up to 200MB per second, this would mean an equivalent of 1% of what they had originally signed up for.

The court’s reason for their ban was that Deutsche’s idea, which was set to be introduced in 2016, would place “an unreasonable disadvantage to customers”, who would expect a stable internet speed owing to the flat rate they paid. Deutsche have stated that they are reviewing the court’s decision, and are expected to appeal it.

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