Sprint is taking a page from T-Mobile's playbook and enabling customers to watch every live match of next month's Copa América Centenario soccer tournament on their phones without incurring data charges.
Zero-rated mobile data offerings may skirt net neutrality principles, but one civil rights group claims they're an effective way for low-income users to access broadband services.
As expected, Netflix today introduced cellular data controls to its mobile apps that will allow mobile users to adjust the settings of their Netflix video streams. The release of the feature comes just weeks after the disclosure that Netflix throttles the transmission of video it makes available to AT&T and Verizon because of those carriers' data overage charges.
Verizon trumpeted its backing of some net neutrality principles, saying in a public statement that it backs policies banning service providers from blocking or throttling specific kinds of content and prohibiting them from charging content partners for faster delivery of their wares.
U.S. carriers are increasingly looking to zero-rated data offerings as a way to differentiate their wireless services and even create new revenue streams in a market where smartphone growth has flattened. And they're increasingly pushing the envelope with offerings that appear to flout the FCC's net neutrality guidelines. Whether the FCC will challenge operators, though, is far from clear.
Public Knowledge has filed a complaint with the FCC over Comcast excluding its Stream TV OTT service from its customers' data caps. The complaint says the zero-rated service doesn't gel with the FCC's Open Internet rules and also violates Comcast's NBCUniversal merger commitments.
Verizon waded further into sponsored content, issuing an update to its Go90 app this week that enables Verizon's postpaid users to stream content through the app on the carrier's LTE network without incurring additional data charges. Other Go90 activity such as browsing, downloading, clipping and sharing content will continue to incur data charges.
T-Mobile continued to defend its Binge On program and urged the FCC to "tread lightly" while attempting to address net neutrality concerns in mobile, according to a report from The Hill.
A Stanford law professor and net neutrality expert filed a report with the FCC claiming T-Mobile's Binge On "harms competition, innovation and free speech" and is likely illegal.
Verizon finally unveiled FreeBee Data, a sponsored data offering that allows content providers to pay for the delivery of their services to consumers.