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FCC Queries AT&T, T-Mobile, Comcast Over Free Streaming

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Dec 17, 2015, 6:24 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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. The data is paid for by third parties and customers are not charged against their data plans when using those specific apps and/or services. T-Mobile allows customers to stream music and video content over its LTE network without impacting their monthly data allotments via its Music Freedom and Binge On programs. Comcast has a similar offering for its wired broadband service. At issue is whether or not the zero-rated services violate net neutrality or if they conflict with the "Commission's goal of maintaining a free and open internet while incentivizing innovation and investment from all sources." The companies said they will comply with the FCC's request while maintaining the position that they are not guilty of any wrongdoing.

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mobilemadness

Dec 18, 2015, 1:09 PM

Wow....just wow

Here is another example of the government meddling in something that is working and good in an effort to quash it. People are happy, so the government is mad. Some carriers are offering free data usage, so the government is actually trying to stop it. They are trying to stop it in the name of "free, open and innovative" internet. So they are actually wanting to stop a free service in the name of making it free. That makes sense. So I guess if these carriers charge extra for data usage, the government will be just fine with that (all in the name of innovation). Just another example of government gone wild.
you can't tax free... yet
Wait till Trump becomes president and "turning off" the internet will eventually kill that "free, open and innovative" internet.
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Zpike

Dec 21, 2015, 5:38 PM

This is retarded

Not counting a service against a data cap has absolutely nothing to do with net neutrality, which seeks to ensure IP packets are delivered fairly and without respect to their contents. That means that we don't throttle one kind of traffic and allow another to continue. It means that we don't do deep packet sniffing to find out if we approve of the content. But it has NOTHING to do with what data counts against a data limit and what data doesn't. The FCC is off their rocker with this one.
Still agree with giving them more power?
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