Today, T-Mobile announced a Binge On update that gives video providers more choice over how the program’s video optimization applies to their content. According to T-Mobile, “Now video providers can choose to have their content stream at native resolutions without Binge On’s mobile optimization.” The company also claims that video providers will have the option to manage their content streams themselves. Public Knowledge supports these changes as a step forward but adds that more should be done to benefit consumers.
Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 10:15 a.m. His testimony in the hearing “A Legislative Hearing on Four Communications Bills” will address H.R. 2669, the “Anti-Spoofing Act;” H.R. 1301, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act;” H.R. 2666, the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act;” and the “Small Business Broadband Deployment Act.”
Public Knowledge will host a media breakfast January 14 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to provide an overview of the organization’s 2016 agenda. The briefing will feature opening remarks from Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO as well as an introduction and overview by Chris Lewis, Vice President of Government Affairs. Key staff members will also introduce their issue areas. This exclusive press event includes a Q&A.
Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the Wireline Competition Bureau had asked Comcast to explain its policy of applying data caps and overage fees to its broadband subscribers, while exempting its own streaming video service from the data caps. The Wireless Bureau sent letters to AT&T and T-Mobile asking them to explain the details of their respective data cap policies and address concerns raised by third parties.
Many people have been "cutting the cord"--cancelling their cable TV subscriptions--and watching more video online. Usually, however, their broadband provider is the same company that used to be their TV provider. Cord-cutters tend to use broadband more than non-cord-cutters, so large cable companies that want cord-cutters to start paying them more again have hit on a solution: just charge more for broadband.