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    The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which laid accusations against T-Mobile's Binge On zero-rate program not being net neutral, is calling out said T-Mobile again for more bits of anti-net neutrality. This time, its targeting T-Mobile One, the carrier's new one-for-all unlimited data plan. Senior staff technologist Jeremy Gillula believes that an extra $25 per month to bypass speed throttling on streaming video, music and gaming is a no-go in terms of the FCC's Open Internet Order. "From what we've read thus far it seems like T-Mobile's new plan to charge its customers extra to not ...

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    T-Mobile's zero-rated video streaming scheme, Binge On, has been a controversial one. It recently hasn't been, but the debate over its conformity to net neutrality may get renewed with research from Northeastern University. Scholars reverse-engineered how the program worked and published their findings in a report called "BingeOn Under the Microscope: Understanding T-Mobile's Zero-Rating Implementation". The paper splayed the program's nuanced policies out, many of which were not publicized through the study period. "They are available now, but much remains largely hidden to the average ...

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    We've been using the iOS 10 and Apple Watch OS 3 developer preview BETAs for almost a week. How is Apple stacking up to it Android competition? Bluetooth 5 is coming with more bandwidth and a focus on "Internet of Things". And, Net neutrality is defended again, this time in the courts. Will companies start accepting it now as the law of the land? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 205 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 17th (click here for your local time), or check out ...

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    Broadband internet will remain a utility that the Federal Communications Commission can easily and strictly regulate, so ruled two judges to one in a federal appeals court. The decision tossed out petitions from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other telecom companies challenging the courts' earlier agreement with the FCC's declaration. "We have always expected this issue to be decided by the Supreme Court, and we look forward to participating in that appeal," said David McAtee II, AT&T's senior executive vice president, also acting as general counsel for the company. Internet service ...

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    Net neutrality may be the law of the land, but carriers aren't about to sit idly by and treat all content as equal while there's money to be made by doing the opposite. So while paid prioritization may be out the window so long as the FCC is getting its way, carriers have been quick to come at things from another direction, championing the rise of “zero-rated” data schemes that allow content providers to get their media to users without those viewers having to use their expensive mobile data allotment in the process. Last year we heard that Verizon was looking into doing just that with ...

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    The fallout from the defense of T-Mobile's Binge On program streams on. In its short existence as an Un-carrier feature, the zero-rated video streaming service has gotten into hot water from the EFF while piquing the interest of the FCC. All the while, the company's CEO John Legere ferociously stood ground in not only the net neutral status of the program, but in its good value to customers and content providers. Stanford University Professor and Director of the school's Center for Internet and Society Barbara van Schewick has published a whitepaper arguing that Binge On does not comport ...

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    So much of the conversation surrounding the movement for net neutrality has focused on the idea of preventing the ascension of a two-tiered internet system: a “good” internet for players willing to pay up, and a second-rate internet for everyone else. So it's no surprise that as more and more mobile providers strike deals with content providers that promise to bring users free (or not counting against monthly data allowances) access to their services, federal regulators have been taking note. The FCC has been meeting with carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile over the issue, and while we ...

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    Those worrying about cascading impacts from the still-new zero-rated data programs have been looking toward what the FCC might assess them as. Are they net neutral policies or not? T-Mobile has had a colorful month in defending its own Binge On scheme from criticism while AT&T and Comcast have their own programs as well. The Commission asked representatives from the three companies to meet with them for discussions. Republican commissioners called it a "witch hunt" for shaming and regulation. But, after the discussions were done and over with, an FCC spokesperson has said that: FCC ...

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    T-Mobile claims that its zero-rated data scheme for video is not "throttling," a claim YouTube and the Electronic Frontier Foundation don't agree with. But whether or not you appreciate the delicate regulatory aspects of such programs like Binge On — and believe you me, the FCC is certainly interested — is irrelevant here. If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, be it for a capped or unlimited LTE data plan, you're automatically opted-in to Binge On. And if what the EFF found out about the program irks you, you do have the option to turn it off. Thing is, T-Mobile doesn't make it easy. There ...

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    This development may put the FCC's meeting with T-Mobile in a new light — and perhaps the meetings with AT&T and Comcast as well. After YouTube took first spat against T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rated end users' costs for access to 480p video. That's so long as video providers ask to be on the program, which is free to participate in. YouTube was and is not a partner in the program and the company is claiming that its video is being "throttled" down to 480p. T-Mobile responded with a different term, "downgraded," which supposedly conforms with net neutrality. The ...

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    When a company acknowledges a "less flattering" way of addressing spats with another company, you're likely to raise an eyebrow or two — no more, though. T-Mobile subscribers using the eyes below their brows to browse their YouTube subscriptions might have noticed their viewing on the go stuck at 480p. YouTube used the word "throttling" in its reading of the act to T-Mobile via the Wall Street Journal. It's not one of the 24 video service partners that signed on with T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rates data fees for end users while they watch optimized videos. T-Mobile has ...

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    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler previously spoke of T-Mobile's new Binge On service rather kindly, calling the paid-for streaming data perk "highly innovative and highly competitive." The FCC is also eyeing AT&T as it has a Data Perks program that trades filling sponsored surveys for up to an extra gigabyte on your account each month. And in those veins, Comcast has introduced an unlimited access "Stream TV" program that is described as "a cable service that only works in the customer's home." Today, Wheeler announced that he's requested meetings with the three ...

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    We're four months removed now from a landmark FCC decision, where the agency moved to enact strong rules protecting the quality of data services, all in the name of net neutrality. Last Friday, those rules took hold, and ISPs and carriers are already responding. Sprint, for one, is taking no chances with what sort of “network management” practices it might be able to get away with while still complying with the rules, and this week revealed that it's putting a stop to its data throttling practices. Sprint's notable among US carriers in that it still actively advertises unlimited data ...

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    Back at the start of the month, the FCC readied itself for a showdown: it was time to address net neutrality in a way unlike the agency had approached it in the past, considering whether or not internet service should be reclassified as a utility and regulated as such. Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a plan that would use modernized Title II regulations to prohibit paid prioritization of content, as well as well as preventing ISPs from blocking delivery of otherwise legal content. Today the FCC passed those rules with a 3-2 vote. The new reclassification applies to mobile internet service as ...

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    Last fall, the movement for net neutrality got itself some major backing, as President Obama voiced strong support for regulations that would ensure an even playing field for users and content providers alike, prohibiting paid prioritization and blocking of otherwise legal content. While that was big progress, the president doesn't set these rules: the FCC does. In the months since, we've been looking forward to the agency formally addressing the matter, and we've known to expect the proposal and voting on new rules sometime this month. Today, FCC head Tom Wheeler spells out his ...

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    As a site that exists solely on the internet, whose focus is on devices that let you stay online and remain connected as you go about your lives, the state of the internet is understandably of paramount important to us. That's why we've been so eager to talk to you about net neutrality, the common sense position that the networks that keep us all talking to each other should be equally open to all users, to all forms of traffic, without letting any preferential treatment degrade some services or block access to others. The US has been back-and-forth with its support for strong net ...

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    How do you like that "unlimited" data plan of yours? Whether it's on your phone or to your home, "unlimited" has some pretty major pitfalls. Oh sure, for folks like you and I it's pretty great! All the data that we want for one "low" price. That's really good if you have LTE or HSPA+ and a good signal! In many cases your phone's data plan is faster than your home's Internet connection -- or close enough that you don't care. Back in the day, that wasn't much of a problem. Other than downloading music, pretty much all we did was surf the web and get email. Today, however, we have podcasts, ...

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    Net neutrality. If you've been a responsible Internet user in the last few months, you're familiar with the term and what it means for us, the paying subscribers. For those unaware, it's the movement (or set of rules, rather) that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all online activity equally. In other words, you pay your fees, and you have unadulterated access to the Internet, regardless of the sites you visit, the services you use, etc. Last month, a federal appeals court shot down the FCC's net neutrality rules, and that opened the door for a Wild West Internet, where the ...

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    Sometimes it's not the promise of saving money, nor the allure of a shiny device that drives you from the warm arms of your current wireless carrier - sometimes it's just a matter of standing up for what you believe in. That's the case with today's podcast guest, friend of the show and longtime Verizon Wireless customer Chris Larson, who's leaving Big Red for the much smaller T-Mobile USA due to Verizon's stance on net neutrality. On this episode of the Weekly, we'll talk to Chris and find out just what he's prepared to sacrifice, and why. Before that, though, there's an avalanche of news ...

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    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the regulatory body that oversees the Internet in these United States. Some times it does a good job, and sometimes it doesn't. Most of the time it depends on which side of the debate you're on. Nonetheless, there is a "Right" on the Internet that most tech writers and Internet surfers around the world will probably agree on: Net Neutrality. Around the globe, regardless of what continent you're on, what country you're in, or what language you speak, the Internet is the same. How you get there, how fast your connection speed it, how much it ...

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    [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] That's the text that leads us in to each episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: a column of virtual prompts on the rough rundown reminding us that, after our loosely scripted intro block, there's a gulf of pure off-topic nonsense between the opening music and the rundown's news section. It's a handful of minutes devoted to office banter, good-natured ribbing, and, in today's case, an EQ experiment by our own Taylor Martin that results in him literally reading the "vamp" cues out loud like the delightful troll he is. That's the kind of stuff you're missing if you skip ...

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