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T-Mobile: We’re Not Throttling YouTube, We’re ‘Optimizing’ It!

The semantic difference between something being “throttled” or it being “de-prioritized” has long been a useful way to tap dance around net neutrality concerns. And again here, T-Mobile’s eager to avoid media use of the word “throttling,” since the FCC’s net neutrality rules clearly include a a “bright-line” rule for all technical forms of discrimination, be it throttling, blocking, or “paid prioritization.” – Karl Bode, DSLReports
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New Wireless Tech Will Free Us From the Tyranny of Carriers

Project Fi, which is still invite-only, is a wireless service that rides on both T-Mobile and Sprint’s networks, depending on which one has the strongest signal. If local WiFi is available, it will switch to that network, and even route calls over it. Instead of paying a monthly fee to both T-Mobile and Sprint, customers pay Google a lump fee, and Google handles paying out the carriers. – Klint Finley, WIRED

How to Stop T-Mobile From Reducing YouTube Video Quality

 

One of the fine print details of the Binge On service is that all forms of streamed video are reduced to 480p quality — and apparently that includes video from services that aren’t even part of the Binge On program, like YouTube. So if you’re enrolled in the Binge On program, you’ll notice that YouTube videos look worse and still count towards your mobile data cap. And the unfortunate thing is that there’s only one way to solve it right now: disable Binge On completely. – Joel Lee, Make Use Of

YouTube has a beef with T-Mobile over its video streaming policy

According to the statement, YouTube is particularly irked that T-Mobile customers on the Binge On plan aren’t able to watch HD versions of YouTube videos. Instead, they get a 480p version. YouTube cites two issues – T-Mobile customers get poor quality YouTube videos and the data counts toward their bandwidth limits. Second, it claims T-Mobile enrolls its customers in Binge On without asking them first. – Mark Huffman, Consumer Affairs

T-Mobile to launch OTT TV service in Holland

According to the operator, consumers are tired of having to pay for big bundles of TV channels. Its new Knippr service will offer a basic tier of channels, including the main channels from NPO, RTL Nederland and SBS Broadcasting, and customers can add more channels a la carte. […] No other T-Mobile subscription is required, making it a true OTT service. When the service will officially launch, it will be compatible with Chromecast and Apple TV 4, also an app for tablet and smartphone will become available. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

T-Mobile will give Verizon customers a year of Hulu to switch

The company already offered Sprint customers $200 to change carriers and tempted AT&T subscribers with a steeply discounted 128GB iPhone 6s. Now, Verizon customers who switch to T-Mobile’s Simple Choice postpaid plan will receive a year-long Hulu subscription (with limited commercials, valued at $100). – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

AT&T says it shelved a “bunch” of ideas because of net neutrality rules

AT&T has been zero rating content since before T-Mobile unveiled Binge On, with a Sponsored Data program unveiled in January 2014, shortly before a court struck down a previous version of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. The FCC subsequently re-instituted net neutrality rules using a different legal justification, but AT&T has continued offering Sponsored Data without interference. AT&T and other broadband providers sued the FCC to overturn the new rules, and oral arguments in the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, are scheduled for Friday this week. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

FCC Chair: Streaming That Doesn’t Count Against Data Caps Is “Innovative” And “Highly Competitive”

The commission has opened its process to consider whether they should consider data caps when they report on Americans’ broadband access in the future, but that decision and any future reports that result from it are months if not years away. However, when Wheeler was asked directly about it in a press conference after this month’s regular FCC open meeting, he said he saw a lot of good in it. “It is clear in the Open Internet order that we are pro-competition and pro-innovation,” said Tom Wheeler, “and clearly, this meets both of those criteria. It is highly innovative and highly competitive.” – Kate Cox, The Consumerist

T-Mobile snuck in a huge price hike to unlimited data without telling anyone

photo: The Verge

T-Mobile will now charge $45 for unlimited data, up from $30. That means the total cost of the carrier’s “Simple Choice” plan including unlimited data will be $95 for a single line. In exchange, T-Mobile says it’s doubling the amount of data customers can use when turning their smartphone into a mobile hotspot, from 7GB to 14GB, and will give away a free movie rental from VUDU once a month starting next year. The change takes effect on November 15th, but current unlimited data plan owners are exempt. – Nick Statt, The Verge
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