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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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PK In The Know Podcast: Patent Reform, T-Mobile, Net Neutrality, and 3D Printing

June 20, 2014 3D Printing , Data Caps , Net Neutrality , Patent Reform , T-Mobile

PK In The Know Podcast: Patent Reform, T-Mobile, Net Neutrality, and 3D Printing

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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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