Judge awards iPhone user $850 in throttling case

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) ? A judge in Southern California has awarded $850 to an iPhone user because AT&T reduced his download speeds in an attempt to manage usage on its network.

Pro-tem Judge Russell Nadel found in favor of Matt Spaccarelli on Friday in Ventura Superior Court. Spaccarelli filed a small claims case against AT&T last month, arguing the communications giant unfairly slows speeds on his iPhone 4’s unlimited data plan.

Nadel’s ruling could pave the way for others to follow suit. It wasn’t immediately known whether AT&T would appeal the decision.

AT&T area sales manager Peter Hartlove declined comment after Nadel’s ruling, but argued in court that his employer has the right to modify or cancel customers’ contracts if their data usage adversely affects the network.