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.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere fired back at critics of Binge On, calling them "jerks" who may be using the hot-button net neutrality issue to garner headlines for themselves.
T-Mobile's LTE network expanded geographically by nearly 250 percent in 2015, company executives boasted, and now covers 304 POPs. CTO Neville Ray credited most of that expansion to T-Mobile's used of 700 MHz A block spectrum, which it has deployed to a population of 185 million POPs.
YouTube is complaining that T-Mobile is degrading the quality of its content because of its Binge On service, The Wall Street Journal reported.
CTIA threw another counter-punch in its fight against efforts to impose common carrier regulations on mobile messaging services. The trade group responded to a request from the mobile messaging provider Twilio to make SMS services subject to Title II regulations. Such a move "would open the floodgates to unwanted and unlawful mass messages," CTIA claimed in a filing with the FCC this week.
The FCC sent letters to AT&T, T-Mobile and Comcast asking them to come in and "have a discussion with us about some of the innovative things that they are doing." The letters centered on data policies, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
A federal appeals court had plenty of questions for both sides during Friday's oral arguments on net neutrality. And the court did little to indicate how it will rule on the issue.