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FCC to Keep an Eye on AT&T's Sponsored Data Idea

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Jan 9, 2014, 11:52 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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Jan 9, 2014, 11:51 PM

Net Neutrality?

Honestly, wouldn't bother me at all if this goes through and allows me to use Hulu or Netflix with those companies paying for the data usage. I know I may catch flack for what I'm saying but don't see the problem. T-Mobile is looking at a similar deal with certain plans and Facebook access. I'm sure if the tables were turned and it was TMO or Sprint doing this, nobody would be complaing about violations.

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.
I agree with you 100% I'm with AT&T and I love their service but wouldn't mind saving a little!
>> I'm sure if the tables were turned and it was TMO or Sprint doing this, nobody would be complaing about violations.

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. ...

Jan 9, 2014, 2:10 PM

Link in story

Link in story goes to the WSJ Dish/Lightsquared story, not the AT&T sponsored data story.
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