FCC to Keep an Eye on AT&T's Sponsored Data Idea
The government plans to monitor AT&T's sponsored data service. The service, announced by AT&T earlier this week, will allow companies to pay for the delivery of their goods and services over AT&T's network. Consumers would then be free to use those services in an unlimited capacity without impacting their monthly data limits. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency will "intervene" if it becomes necessary. Wheeler did not say specifically what might cause the FCC to take action against AT&T, but that it is waiting to see how the service unfolds. AT&T believes it will benefit its customers, but industry watchdogs fear it might upset the idea of net neutrality. AT&T said that it would not favor the delivery of sponsored data over other data.
AT&T’s Prepaid Plans Gain Access to Sponsored Data Program
AT&T’s prepaid customers are being given access to the company’s sponsored data program. The sponsored data program allows companies to sponsor the data usage for specific content on behalf of eligible AT&T wireless customers, meaning customers can consume select content and not be charged for it.
FCC Ends Zero-Rated Data Inquiry
The FCC today said it will drop its review of sponsored data programs from the likes of AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Under former Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC determined the nation's two largest carriers were likely violating net neutrality rules by zero-rating some video services.
AT&T and Verizon Bite Back At FCC on Net Neutrality
AT&T and Verizon Wireless vigorously defended their sponsored data programs in separate letters to the FCC this week. The agency asked both companies to offer some rationale for their DirecTV Now and FreeBee programs, respectively, which the FCC views as violating its net neutrality rules.
FCC Sees Potential for Harm in Zero-Rated Data Schemes
The FCC today took AT&T and Verizon to task for their zero-rated video services and said they may in fact be harmful to the market. The agency has spent time evaluating each of the zero-rated offerings from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.
FCC Queries AT&T, T-Mobile, Comcast Over Free Streaming
The FCC has sent letters to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Comcast seeking more details about various programs offered by the three companies that allow customers to stream select services at no cost. AT&T offers sponsored data to some customers in limited form.
Now, if any company wants to not allow access to a site because they don't care for them or for whatever reason, I'd agree it would be an issue.
What are you nuts? This is just the move of a greedy provider, which if successful will only drive prices up at the very least. ...
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