When Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced his plan to reverse the net neutrality rules adopted under the leadership of former Chair Tom Wheeler, it was generally met with positive reactions from the wireless industry.
Tech companies in favor of net neutrality rules are asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make its position known to the public with regards to zero rating services that are potentially in violation of said rules.
Maybe not. But it does have some serious explaining to do, especially to its customers. A few days ago, Netflix admitted that it was the one slowing down its own video content major US wireless carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
United States District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern California District Court has issued a ruling that AT&T will not be facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly misleading its subscribers regarding its promised unlimited data that turned out to be throttled when users go over 3 gigabytes of data in a given month.
Many may have already heard about T-Mobile’s Binge On feature. This service basically allows qualified subscribers of the third biggest wireless carrier in America to to stream video content from a limited list of services, which include Netflix, HBO, and Hulu, just to name a few, without it affecting their data allotments.
Recently, the third biggest wireless carrier in America has adopted a practice of downgrading the quality of video content to 480p in order to minimize the usage of data. But not all are happy -- especially YouTube, the Google owned website that is considered by many to be the most frequently visited source of video content on the Internet.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun sending letters of inquiry to major wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as to cable giant Comcast, essentially asking each business entity for further information about their respective streaming services. This was revealed by none other than the chairman of the FCC himself, Tom Wheeler, during a recent press conference held this week. The three companies are to send back their official replies by January 15th of next year.
Binge On, the video content viewing feature that T-Mobile announced more than a month ago, as well other zero rate services offered by various wireless carriers, continue to be scrutinized by regulatory and business sectors, according to a new report from the
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