Items tagged "Zero Rating"

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Verizon Reportedly Throttling Streaming Services in “Video Optimization” Tests Without Notice

July 21, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Verizon , Zero Rating

Today, reports indicate that Verizon Wireless reduced connection speeds for mobile subscribers accessing streaming video services as part of a “video optimization” systems test. The company issued no warnings to consumers prior to testing, but claims “the customer video experience was not affected”.

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PK Joins 75 Groups in FCC Letter to Protect the Internet, Online Privacy and Video Choice

October 17, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Privacy , Set-Top Box , Zero Rating

Today, Public Knowledge joins 75 public interest and civil rights groups in a letter urging the Federal Communications Commision to protect the internet and video marketplace by acting on three proceedings: the set-top box rulemaking, the broadband privacy rulemaking, and the zero-rating investigation.

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Public Knowledge Finds Binge On Changes a Step Forward

March 17, 2016 Net Neutrality , Zero Rating

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.

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T-Mobile’s Latest Zero-Rating Plan Could Have Negative Competitive Implications

November 10, 2015 Competition , Net Neutrality , T-Mobile , Wireless , Zero Rating

Today, T-Mobile announced a plan to exempt certain services from metering on its wireless plans. This follows its similar program for music services.

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Public Knowledge Publishes Net Neutrality Paper Investigating Zero-Rating Practices

July 28, 2015 Net Neutrality , Zero Rating

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest working-paper, Exploring Zero-Rating Challenges: Views from Five Countries, by Carolina Rossini, Vice President of International Policy at Public Knowledge and Taylor Moore, our 2015 Google Policy Fellow. This paper examines zero-rating practices on a global scale, focusing on their effects in five countries to add to the growing international net neutrality debate.

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Net Neutrality Challenges in the World: Zero-Rating in the European Union

July 18, 2017 European Union , Net Neutrality , Zero Rating

We all hate running out of mobile internet data. The solution? Unlimited mobile data plans that are usually too expensive for the average consumer, or in many places simply not available. In these circumstances, zero-rating (where a network operator offers unlimited data for specific applications or services) may appear to be an appealing answer. But, as economists like to say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

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T-Mobile’s Zero-Rating of Pokémon GO Raises Questions for the Open Internet

July 20, 2016 Data Caps , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , T-Mobile , Zero Rating

Beginning yesterday, T-Mobile is offering a limited-time promotion tied to the wildly popular augmented reality game Pokémon GO, in which the mobile data used by the game will not count toward a customer’s data cap. This is yet another form of zero-rating, a practice that can raise serious concerns about competition policy, net neutrality, and consumer choice. Amidst a global Poké-craze, we shouldn’t lose sight of what this may portend for the future of the open internet. So we want to take the opportunity to raise a number of questions about this promotion which would also be important to answer for any other zero-rating service proposal. Before concluding anything about this promotion or any similar plans that may be proposed, it is important to better understand their potential dangers and benefits.

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Happy Birthday Net Neutrality! Where Do We Stand One Year Later?

February 26, 2016 FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Title II , Zero Rating

One year ago today, the Federal Communications Commission enacted the strongest net neutrality rules in history. It was a day of celebration in the Internet policy community, after a daunting year of fighting against big Internet Service Providers like Verizon and Comcast that took advantage of a court’s decision to rule against the net neutrality rules we had at that time.

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Comcast’s Latest Zero-Rating Plan Threatens Video Choice

November 20, 2015 Competition , FCC , Future of Video , Video Marketplace , Zero Rating

Zero-rating raises some pretty complicated issues both globally and domestically. For example, Public Knowledge has observed that T-Mobile’s “Binge On” program, which doesn’t count some video providers towards data usage caps, raises some competitive implications that should be carefully considered. Other zero-rating programs are more clearly anticompetitive. Comcast’s continued exemption of its own data traffic from metering fits into that category. Public Knowledge has had a complaint pending at the FCC since 2012 regarding Comcast’s zero-rating; this recent expansion of such behavior further illustrates the harms zero-rating can cause in some circumstances.

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