It is a topic for debate whether T-Mobile’s Binge On violates they key principle of Net neutrality. A report was submitted by Barbara van Schewick on 29 January 2015 by arguing that Binge On violates key net neutrality principles. By violating the key net neutrality principles, Binge On is likely to violate general conduct rule released by FCC.
For those who are unaware about Binge On, it is a service offered by T-Mobile which allows their customers to stream unlimited amount of Music and videos with the offers made by Hulu and Netflix. While streaming such contents, they are not changing for normal data rates or not getting deducted from data balance. Means, they can surf with Binge On for free and they get charged for using other services like YouTube. Schewick reported that this is against FCC rules.
The topic already came under fire after T-Mobile announced it on last November. Net neutrality proponents had made a look on this topic and found that allowing content rate for free through Binge On is against net neutrality.
What Schewick’s report about Binge On?
It was a 51 page reported submitted yesterday. Due to technical difficulty in posting all the report contents here, here is the link to the report. Read the pdf for better understanding about topic.
Here are some important points adapted from the report
- T-Mobile with their Binge on service, is favoring some services over other thus doing a job of a gatekeeper.
- It creates barriers for some startups, small players and non commercial providers by favoring other services.
- Binge On distorts competition by making some services free.
- It limits user choices.
- It is going to harm innovations.
- It favors video streaming services over other Internet uses.
- It is likely to violate the FCC’s general conduct rule.
Whats your stand on this topic? Just shout it down.