Which technical colleges should you go to?
In a move that will likely be viewed as a blow to tech graduates, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it will take legal action against the five biggest technical colleges in the United States, which it alleges were in violation of a 2014 antitrust law.
The commission, which is investigating whether any companies or individuals profited from the proliferation of high-end consumer products, called the firms in question “unconscionable” for their failure to adequately disclose the information required by the law.
As a result, it will ask that the schools “take affirmative action to prevent future violations.”
The FTC’s announcement follows an announcement by Apple earlier this year that it would cease manufacturing iPhone 4 models and begin to manufacture a new iPhone line, which will likely require more expensive and specialized hardware.
Apple also announced that it was pulling its support for the software and apps that the firms were using to build products.
The FTC has been investigating the schools for several years, accusing them of misleading consumers about the risks associated with using consumer-grade products and services.
In October, the FTC sued five tech firms in California, alleging that they had “falsely” promoted their products and offered no alternatives.
The companies have argued that the FTC’s complaints are “frivolous,” arguing that they have failed to demonstrate the extent of the violations and that they should be allowed to continue their business.
Apple is not the only company that has faced FTC investigations over its iPhone sales.
The FTC announced last year that two of its own investigations into Apple were halted by a California judge, citing the company’s refusal to cooperate with its probe.
The commission has also been investigating Google, and a separate investigation into the use of Google’s AdSense technology by a rival company.