Items tagged "Data Caps"

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With Data Caps on the Rise, the FCC Must Consider Competitive Implications

November 9, 2015 Broadband Access , Data Caps , FCC , Future of Video , Video Marketplace

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.

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Hey T-Mobile: 2007 Called and it Wants its Net Neutrality Complaint Back

August 14, 2014 Data Caps , Net Neutrality , T-Mobile

Yesterday, the website TmoNews broke the story that T-Mobile is planning on throttling customers who use bittorrent on their wireless connections. The internal T-Mobile memo explains that these users will be throttled because their heavy use is “abusing” the network.

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Putting the Open Internet Transparency Rule to the Test

August 6, 2014 AT&T , Data Caps , T-Mobile , Transparency , Verizon

Today Public Knowledge sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon as the first step in the process of filing open internet complaints against each of them at the FCC. The letters address violations of the FCC’s transparency requirements, which are the only part of the open internet rules that survived court challenge.

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T-Mobile Disguising Throttling with New Speed Test Data Cap Exemptions

July 2, 2014 Data Caps , T-Mobile

On the heels of T-Mobile’s controversial announcement that it will be exempting many popular music streaming services from its data caps, the “Uncarrier” has also confirmed that it will be exempting the Ookla speed test and other online speed testing applications as well.

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Online Video Moves Out of the Bedroom

July 9, 2013 Data Caps , Future of Video

Permits for online video production are up, which means the industry is coming into its own.


Last week, Los Angeles announced that “Web-Based TV” on-location film permits were up 63% compared to last year.  While that is an impressive percentage increase, the absolute number was even more striking.  In the second quarter there were 499 permit requests – compared to 381 for TV Sitcoms and 384 for TV pilots.

For an industry that is often thought of as people making videos and posting them from their bedroom, this is a number worth considering for a moment.  It means that online video production is moving into the streets – and getting bigger in the process.

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Guess Those Wireless Networks Aren’t Congested After All

May 15, 2013 Data Caps , Spectrum

If networks really were overloaded, would carriers try to cut special deals to bring even more streaming video onto them?


Last week’s announcement that ESPN was in talks with at least one major wireless carrier to exempt its video from data caps raised fundamental net neutrality issues.  But it also raised an important question about the robustness of wireless networks.  If wireless networks were really as congested and starved of spectrum as some carriers like to claim, why would they be negotiating to bring more video onto them?

Wireless carriers have long complained about their network’s inability to meet customer expectations.  It was proposed as a justification to exempt wireless networks from net neutrality rules and destructively consolidate the industry (both failed convince the FCC).  It also shows up as a reason to move away from unlimited data towards more expensive tiered plans, and generally to explain why carriers over-promise and under-deliver on service.

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FCC: This is What a Net Neutrality Violation Looks Like

May 10, 2013 Data Caps , Network Neutrality

Content providers paying ISPs special fees to access customers is exactly what net neutrality is supposed to prevent.  It is time for the FCC to heed its own warning.


News broke today that ESPN is in negotiations with at least one major wireless carrier to pay to exempt ESPN content from data caps.  This type of structure, where content providers who pay get better access to customers, is exactly what net neutrality is designed to prevent. 

At its core, net neutrality is all about making sure that the company that connects you to the internet does not get to control what you do on the internet (if you ever forget that, just head on over to WhatIsNetNeutrality.org for a reminder).  Imposing data caps on consumers and then allowing wealthy content holders to buy their way around them is a recipe for stagnation online.

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AT&T Exempts Itself From Its Data Cap, Violates (at least) the Spirit of Net Neutrality

January 15, 2013 Data Caps , Network Neutrality

Last year, Comcast started exempting its own online video service from the data cap it imposed on consumers. When consumers streamed online video (say, because they were thinking about cutting the cord and replacing their Comcast cable subscription with an online competitor), that video counted against their cap.  Unless, of course, that online video came from Comcast.  Online video coming from Comcast was exempted from Comcast’s own data cap, giving consumers a disincentive to watch video from a competitor.  We urged the FCC to investigate this anticompetitive use of data caps, and are still waiting for a resolution.

Today, while we continue to wait for the FCC to investigate data cap abuse, AT&T has decided to follow suit and exempt data from its own services from the data cap it imposes on its DSL and U-verse customers.  Unlike every other type of data on those connections, data from an AT&T wireless phone does not count against the DSL/U-verse cap.

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PK In The Know Podcast: DISH, Data Caps, and Net Neutrality

November 16, 2012 Data Caps , Fair Use , Open Internet

On today’s podcast we discuss your right to skip commercials, measuring data caps, and ISP’s right to free speech.

 

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PK In The Know Podcast: VZ Pricing, Mars Rover Videos, French 3 Strikes

August 10, 2012 Data Caps , DMCA , Enforcement

On today’s podcast we discuss Verizon’s new pricing plans, bigger lessons from the mars rover video takedown scandals and France’s decision to back away from 3-strikes, and the latest with Craigslist’s fight against websites that use its data.

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