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AT&T and Verizon defend their zero-rating services

2016-12-19 03:06 by
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AT&T and Verizon have responded to the FCC's accusations that the companies violate net neutrality rules. In early December, FCC chief of wireless telecommunication Jon Wilkins sent separate letters to AT&T and Verizon warning that their zero-rating deals appeared to violate net neutrality rules.

AT&T defended its Data Free TV service and claims that it is fair to providers and a benefit for customers.

"Although the [FCC Wireless Bureau] implicitly concedes that Data Free TV offers substantial consumer value, the Bureau ignores the many ways in which consumers would be substantially worse off if DIRECTV were forced to discontinue this program," the company said in the letter.

"The Bureau's approach thus would deny consumers a service they value, raise prices, lower consumption, and curb the disruptive potential of Data Free TV, all in the name of preserving profit margins for individual DirecTV rivals," AT&T says. "That approach would upend the most basic principles of American competition policy, which is designed for 'the protection of competition, not competitors.'"

Verizon similarly defended its FreeBee Data 360 program, which gives preferential treatment to providers on the go90 video platform.

"FreeBee data provides tangible benefits to consumers by increasing the amount of what they can do and watch online, at no cost to them," the company's response says.

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