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.
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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.
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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