“Productive” meetings between FCC, T-Mobile, AT&T and Comcast on zero-rate data

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 staff had productive discussions with company representatives as part of a larger policy examination of trends in the market. We cannot comment on the details of individual meetings.

This is not an enforcement action or investigation as the Chairman [Tom Wheeler] has made clear. Direct dialogue with companies is an important way in which the Commission can watch and learn, and consistent with our approach in the Open Internet Order.

We’ll see if any amendments get made to that Open Internet Order anytime soon. Comcast declined comment on the meeting while AT&T and T-Mobile have yet to respond to requests for comment.

The Commission did not meet with Verizon, a company currently considering two zero-rated data programs.

Source: Ars Technica

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