T-Mobile is no stranger to claims of violating net neutrality. Binge On was attacked for violating net neutrality, though people calmed down when T-Mobile made it easier to toggle and explain how it works. Now it has another problem on its hands.
T-Mobile One offers unlimited video streaming at 480p, but getting HD video will cost you an extra $25 a month per line. Many are saying this violates net neutrality, and even the Electronic Frontier Foundation has spoken up. EFF senior staff technologist Jeremy Gillula says, “It seems like T-Mobile’s new plan to charge its customers extra to not throttle video runs afoul of the principle of net neutrality.”
This may also violate the FCC’s Open Internet Order, which states “ISPs can’t throttle traffic based on its type, or charge customers more in order to avoid discriminatory throttling.”
While the plan itself is potentially good (let’s face it, a lot of people would love to save money and give up HD video on the go), it’s a tough situation when it comes to net neutrality. Just because it’s good for the customer doesn’t mean it’s good for net neutrality, and that’s why the FCC is conducting an “informal policy review” on T-Mobile One.
What’s your opinion on this issue? Is T-Mobile fighting for the customers, or violating net neutrality? Let us know in the comments!