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FCC ‘concerned’ about AT&T’s zero rating

The FCC has zeroed in on AT&T’s practice of zero rating, expressing “serious concerns” it has about AT&T's practice of exempting its own streaming-video services from wireless customers' mobile data allotments, while counting content from other providers against the allotments, reports CNET. AT&T’s current practice, through its sponsored data programme, “may obstruct competition and harm consumers by constraining their ability to access existing and future mobile video services not affiliated with AT&T,” the FCC’s Jon Wilkins wrote in a letter to Bob Quinn, head of AT&T's external and legislative affairs.

In September, AT&T began letting wireless customers stream DirecTV (assuming they subscribe to both) without it counting against their data usage. AT&T may do the same for its $35-a-month DirecTV Now online video service when that launches. Read more

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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