Conn. shares national $105 million AT&T settlement

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State officials say Connecticut will receive $268,252 as part of $20 million in penalties in national settlement with telecom giant AT&T.

Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein announced on Wednesday that Connecticut with other states resolved allegations that the company participated in a practice known as “data cramming.”

The full national settlement also includes $80 million in customer refunds.

The Federal Trade Commission said AT&T billed millions of customers for charges from third-party companies for services customers never asked to receive or were duped into subscribing to _ things like horoscope texts or flirting tips. The fees, usually $9.99 a month, were not easy for customers to find on their bills.

Jepsen said consumers will see changes in how they are billed in the future.