Business briefs: Sarasota man inducted into the Dunkin Donuts Hall of Fame

Sarasota man enters 'donut' hall

SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man joins Michael Vale, famous for his portrayal of Fred the Baker in the "Time to Make the Donuts" ads, in the Dunkin' Donuts Hall of Fame.

Bill Daly, a long-time Dunkin' Donuts franchise owner with a network of stores in the Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers, was inducted into the DD Independent Franchise OwnersHall of Fame during a gala at the association's National Conference in Las Vegas.

Daly bought his first Dunkin' Donuts location in 1999 in New Bedford, Mass. Since then, he and his family expanded their holdings into Southwest Florida which includes a central baking location that provides doughnuts and baked goods to more than 40 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the region.

Before he became a donut and coffee shop owner, Daly spent 29 years as a senior executive in the Dunkin' Donuts corporate offices.

FTC is suing AT&T over promises of unlimited data

Saying that "unlimited means unlimited," the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced it is suing AT&T for promising unlimited data plans and then slowing Internet speeds, known as throttling, to customers with those plans.

The FTC alleges in its complaint that because AT&T began slowing speeds for its unlimited data plan in 2011 "numerous complaining customers have accused (AT&T) of failing to live up to its end of their bargain because its throttling program imposes a limitation on their unlimited data plan."

The complaint goes on to allege that customers "are subject to this reduced speed even if they use their smartphone at a time" when the network has "ample" capacity to carry the data traffic.

AT&T replied to the FTC charges in an email, saying that only 3 percent of its customers are affected by its data throttling practices and that those users are informed in advance through text messages.

Royal Caribbean takes delivery of new ship

MIAMI -- German shipyard Meyer Werft turned over the 4,180-passenger Quantum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International in a signing ceremony Tuesday.

The ship is now heading from Germany to Southampton in the U.K., where the first passengers will board on Sunday for the transatlantic sailing to Bayonne, N.J.

Quantum will sail to the Bahamas and Caribbean from the New York area until May, when it will set off for its new home in Shanghai. Miami-based Royal Caribbean surprised the industry earlier this year with the announcement that its newest ship would be based in China after a short season sailing from North America.

-- Herald staff and wire reports