FCC wants to meet with T-Mobile regarding Binge On

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Earlier this year, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler described T-Mobile’s Binge On service as “highly innovative and highly competitive” during a time that others were suggesting that Binge On could violate net neutrality. Now, though, the FCC wants to speak with T-Mo about the service.

The FCC today sent a letter to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Comcast, telling the companies that it wants more information about its zero-rating services. For T-Mobile, the FCC specifically calls out Binge On, which let customers stream video from select services without using their monthly data allotment. The letter asks that the three companies meet with the FCC by January 15 to discuss their zero rating services.

While the FCC isn’t taking any action against T-Mobile, AT&T, and Comcast, nor is it accusing them of anything, the letters do mention “concerns” that those companies’ critics have mentioned. The FCC highlights claims that Binge On could pose an issue by “making certain video apps more attractive than others” and that the video quality of Binge On (which is set at 480p) “has harmed some users.” The letters say that the FCC wants to have all of the facts about their zero-rating services:

“We want to ensure that we have all the facts to understand how this service relates to the Commission’s goal of maintaining a free and open Internet while incentivizing innovation and investment from all sources. We would also appreciate any additional perspectives that you may have about changes in the Internet ecosystem as a whole.”

T-Mobile issued the following statement in regard to the FCC’s letter:

“We look forward to talking with the FCC and sharing more details about Binge On. This program provides both great customer choice and industry innovation that encourages competition and we believe it is absolutely in line with net neutrality rules.”

Following the debut of Binge On, John Legere argued that the service doesn’t violate net neutrality because it’s free, because consumers can turn it on and off, and because T-Mo is willing to work with any video provider that wants to be included. There are still folks that are concerned that Binge On is at odds with net neutrality, though, because it could have a negative effect on services that aren’t a part of the service. T-Mobile has said that it’ll work with anyone that wants to be included in Binge On, and it needs to follow through on that promise to help it avoid FCC scrutiny.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler explained today that his agency is not going after T-Mobile, AT&T, and Comcast. “This is not an investigation, this is not an enforcement,” Wheeler said. “This is to help us stay informed as to what the practices are as we said we would do in the Open Internet Order.” Wheeler mentioned last month that the FCC will keep an eye on Binge On, and for now it appears that that’s exactly what the agency is doing.

Via: WSJ, Ars Technica

Source: FCC letter to T-Mobile

 

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  • Goat

    “We would also appreciate any additional perspectives that you may have about changes in the Internet ecosystem as a whole.”

    This for some reason concerns me. They invited Comcast afterall…

    • Zach Guithues

      please tell us your evil plans so we can be sure to block them – FCC

  • matt

    i think the one thing they are doing wrong is giving binge on to post paid ipad accounts ( 6 gigs for 35 and 10 gigs for 50 ) but denying binge on to pre paid ipad accounts ( 6 gigs for 35 and 10 gigs for 50) but giving them both canada and mexico and music streaming

    i filed a complaint against them with the FCC and executive relations called me back and offered to switch me to a post paid plan, i told them to get bent and hung up

    i think we should call out t-mobile on this prepaid ipad deal. my walmart iPhone even lets me stream on my ipad as long as its tethered to the iPhone. i am at 11.09 gigs and I’m still streaming fine, i just cant facebook faster then 64kbit

    i guess since its easier to cancel a prepaid account they just don’t value you as a customer.

    and i found out that my walmart plan 100 voice minutes plus 5 gigs of data gets binge on. i can watch all the netflix and sling i can. however i will go against my cap, and web and facebook and email will be slowed down to 64kbps, but music , speed tests and binge on continue at full speed

    • David

      prepaid customer is always treated like second class citizen, it’s always been the case, doesn’t matter if it’s tmobile or att or verizon. Post paid customer get’s prioritized on the network than prepaid customers. Pay up to change your plan to post pay or stay with prepay and take whatever they give you.

      • matt

        they are giving me binge on a prepaid walmart plan for my thirty dollars but not wanting to give people binge on a prepaid ipad plan for 35 dollars.

        its obvious the reason why prepaid iPads don’t get it is because they don’t want to move the accounts from connect me to my t-mobile

        California is going to make all prepaid pay sales tax and lifeline taxes starting jan 1st.

    • Acdc1a

      You chose the plan you’re on correct? Why is it the carrier’s fault that you’re on a plan that doesn’t include the feature? Should it be included on the base $50 plan as well? Should the FCC force them to include it on the $50 plan?

      • matt

        if you pay 50 for 10 gigs of data as a prepaid customer ( signing up on the ipad directly like most of us do ) you do not get binge on
        if you pay 50 for 10 gigs of data as a post paid customer ( walking into a t-mobile store and asking them to send you a bill) you get binge on

        starting in jan 1 both plans have tax in California

        prepaid customers use connect me for activations, why you don’t get binge on. post paid customers use my t-mobile, and you get binge on

        if both people are paying the same exact price for the same exact data, then why limit the promos to post paid customers?

        tmo guesses that if you have a good credit rating , you might stick around longer.

        most cellular companies that use post paid charge fees, for like going over the limit like 10 dollars for 1 gig. tmo has no fees that you might run into.

        i don’t think its fair

        i don’t understand why they give canada and mexico and music freedom to both sets of customers, but only give its more lucrative customers, the video feature.

        meanwhile if you are a prepaid customers for 12 months, you qualify for their phone financing. they feel since you prepaying for each month , they don’t want to give you anything special, because they feel your going to ditch them

        • Acdc1a

          Two different plans, two different programs. Why doesn’t Sprint offer 50%off to prepaid customers? Because it’s a postpaid promotion. Why does Delta put medallion members in first class for free? Because they are the most profitable customers long term…even if they are traveling for free on miles while you paid $400 for your ticket.

  • Mr_Slurpee

    Comcast’s is certainly inviting trouble. What with their ridiculous Netflix specific data caps.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Are we at all surprised?

  • mingkee

    Screw them especially Comf_ck!

  • JSKY2016

    The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

    • ThatsMrtoyou

      You are absolutely correct! Net neutrality is horrible. The government wants it to control content

      • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

        thats such a tool response… Not everything government based is bad. People on foodstamps in the south argue against big government. People argue about corruption in the banking system and wall street but want no regulation. People clearly are discounted from what it takes to help make their lives better and more stable.

        • Exactly. When your house is on fire, you’ll be very happy to have the taxpayer-paid (government-funded) firemen and firewomen show up with the pumpers & ladders.

    • Acdc1a

      Ha! We were on the same page. I posted that on the comment above.

  • Mystery Man

    Net neutrality is a good thing don’t let your blind loyalism to T-Mobile see past that.

    • AS118

      I agree. Plus, if stronger net neutrality helps regulate overly powerful monopolies like Comcast and AT&T, I’m all for it.

      • Only it doesn’t. People read into net neutrality whatever they want. News flash: it is not your fairy godmother.

        • TechnoRealz

          Lower cable bills.
          More content choices.
          More delivery i.e. streaming options.

          Tell me what’s the problem again?
          Does it have to do with tin?

        • Lower quality of service.
          Less investment in infrastructure.
          Higher prices

    • ThatsMrtoyou

      Net neutrality is a good thing ? LoL, it was created by the government to control content. Do some research

      • John Doe

        Actually it forced ISPs like AT&T and Tier 1 network providers like GTT to sign interconnection agreements that were slowing down content like Netflix from streaming at advertised speeds by ISPs. NYC is looking into Verizon Fios over the samething.

        The speeds that is advertised by ISPs isn’t the speed that you are getting because of bottlenecks at Tier 1 network providers which the FCC could not investigate before because they did not have the authority especially with mobile networks but now with Net neutrality they can. Do some research.

        • ThatsMrtoyou

          Because of bottlenecks ? Do u have any clue on how this technology operates ? Do some research moron. I’m work IT every single day

        • John Doe

          IT?…LMAO maybe Verizon or T-mobile will hire you to manage their networks because you have IT experience. I am glad you know how to help people sign into their email accounts and setup their wifi LoL

          “consumer advocates have been quick to insist that ISPs are intentionally failing to upgrade their gear to cause congestion, forcing an end to settlement free-peering and pushing companies toward steeper interconnection rates.”

          -Link posted in comment below

      • John Doe

        “After a year of very public and ugly bickering, both last mile and transit ISPs have suddenly and quickly been striking new deals, wary of running afoul of the FCC’s new net neutrality rules. So whichever party is at fault, it seems obvious that the fact that regulators and folks like MLAB aree paying closer connection to interconnection is paying dividends for consumers.”

        http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ATT-GTT-Strike-Deal-After-Report-Slams-ISPs-Performance-134364

      • TechnoRealz

        I see…so ever since NN went into effect I’ve noticed my cable bills going down a smidge & I see more & more streaming option available with a diverse set of content offered.

        So tell why NN is bad for me as a consumer again?

    • Acdc1a

      “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.

      • Android_God

        Those are the most terrifying? Stop listening to Alex Jones and Glenn Beck.

        • nycplayboy78

          YASSSS :)

        • Acdc1a

          Yes, they are…and if you think I’m someone that listens to fringe media you’re incorrect. If you can give me a single government program that has worked as intended and has not reached beyond it’s intended scope I will be happy to remove my Ronald Reagan quote.

        • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

          Yea.. I’m sure the people now paying$200 for health insurance instead is $900 are really upset about not getting turned Away for pre existing health conditions. Stop being a pawn in the agenda of the greedy. It’s not your job to make sure heath care and insurers are maximizing profit.

        • Acdc1a

          Trying not to get political, but people are not paying $200 for health insurance. Sure, someone is paying $200, but someone else is paying the other $700…still going to the insurers…still has to come from somewhere.

        • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

          your solution of not doing anything and hoping it all resolves itself doesn’t work. How did deregulation of the banking system work out for us?

        • Acdc1a

          Again, we try to go political. Doing nothing was better than the present outcome. 17.87% uninsured before implementation and 14.22% after. For the 82.13% who were happy and insured, their rates and deductibles went up.

        • ThatsMrtoyou

          Socialism doesn’t work idiot ! Read a history book

        • JMccovery

          Technically, all socio-economic systems can work, if greed isn’t involved.

        • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

          Why you gotta go to the extreme? I’m saying people should lose their business I’m stating that a single payer system for health care would drive costs down. However this is not the forum for such a discussion. In other news i wait patiently for the nexus 6 to be $200 again!

        • NEO2U

          I am with you on that. I would rather talk about the phones and services on a T-Mobile oriented group too.

    • Net neutrality is a bad thing. Do not let your blind ideology keep you from offerings that benefit the consumer.

  • Chris Siegell

    Are the FCC concerned about services that T-mobile is not offering through Binge On? Because if that is the case how is T-Mobile guilty of preferring once video content provider over the other? As it appears to be the case that some of these video content providers are rejecting being a part of Binge On for their own greedy monetary purposes.

    • John Doe

      what monetary purposes?

      Maybe Youtube just doesn’t want millions of T-mobile users all of a sudden complaining that they can’t watch videos in HD because T-mobile activated BingeOn by default for them.

      • Chris Siegell

        YouTube will take all the users it can get. There are other ulterior motives with Google I perceive.

        Amazon Video is a better example of a company that won’t allow Binge On for monetary reasons or other ulterior motives. Because keeping the bandwidth use at 480p only stabilizes them more.

        If these companies disallow 480p use because it’s not optimal then why not get rid of 480p all together? They won’t.

        480p is a “win win” for video content providers as it keeps the bandwidth stabilized.

        • John Doe

          Not when it is being turned on by default for customers without getting their consent first. The last time Google had an opt-out feature for collecting user location data they got fined millions of dollars by the FTC.
          Opt-out programs are BAD. Opt-in is good because you ask the customer if they want it or not instead of making that decision for them.

        • Chris Siegell

          I do agree on that point. T-Mobile is probably gonna be forced by the FTC to require a opt-in to begin use of Binge On in the future and make it clearer upfront that users are limited to 480p.

  • Mo

    I’m not sure that this is going to be just a meet and discuss…notice Verizon and Sprint are not part of this warm gathering. Wonder if Verizon isn’t behind this.

  • vinnyjr

    Binge On is fantastic, Free and can be turned on or off and back on again any time the T-Mobile customer wants. How the hell can you complain about that? T-Mobile Has Changed Mobile Service, Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

    • Paul Garrison

      Post of the day!
      We know who wants to see T-Mobile go away so they can get back to business as usual. Now imagine if Sprint had purchased T-Mobile, we would be stuck in the dark ages.

      • Steven

        T-Mobile proved to be profitable again in Q3. If Q4 sees more gains, T-Mo should buy Sprint and add a HUGE portfolio of spectrum and footprint. Could probably come out better than buying specific markets at auction, just pay a good bit more and get an entire companies worth of licenses. Just a thought.

        • Acdc1a

          I agree, but DT still doesn’t want to be a part of the US wireless game.

        • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

          Sprints already been bought…

        • Steven

          by whom?

        • Chris

          By guys from Japan. This happened probably 2 or 3 years ago.

          But Sprint has so much debt that I don’t think T-mo should buy it.

        • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

          softbank.. which also bought up clear in the process. which is actually the company that owns the spectrum your interested in.

        • By Whom…?

          Secret Santa…LOL, LOL

        • Yazzie

          The U.S. wouldn’t allow it. They want four nationwide companies. You know who T-Mobile should by? U.S. Cellular and the company that owns U.S. Cellular’s 700 MHz spectrum.

    • John Doe

      Except it is TURNED ON by DEFAULT for everyone. It is an opt-out feature not opt-in. Many of my friends and family have unlimited plans and they know what BingeOn is and that it is turned on by default.

      How many people on unlimited plans are on BingeOn without knowing?
      > Probably a lot

      How many t-mobile subscribers (about 60 million) know what the hell BingeOn is?
      > Probably not that many

      But T-mobile made the decision for them to be on BingeOn so they can stop you from using too much data especially the customers with unlimited plans, they have every right to watch as many HD videos as they want without restrictions.

      • TechnoRealz

        And why is this bad for customer satisfaction?
        I am getting something for free that would otherwise costs me elsewhere.

        • John Doe

          No you are NOT getting anything for free. You are helping T-mobile to downgrade videos on your UNLIMITED plan except they DID NOT ask you first they just turned it on and you keep on paying for a useless unlimited plan ($20-$45) even though you are using less data now with Music Freedom and BingeOn activated.

          Why do you think T-mobile wants to add as many services as they can? And why do you think they are giving unlimited customers a free movie a month from Vudu for leaving BingeOn activated?

          >Because they want to save data to help with their spectrum constraints and they don’t like unlimited plans even Legere said they will have to go sometime.

        • TechnoRealz

          It is free. I NEVER asked for it. I never desired it. It was given to me. Why is that bad?
          If you contend that it’s helping them, well, it’s helping me too.
          I never streamed music in earnest until I started getting this & saw the option availed to me – even with my UL plan.
          Streaming video? Except for Google’s solid servers, all the other content providers were jittery over any carrier’s network.
          So even at 480P, it’s still better than watching the World Cup break up every so often from 2 years ago.

          Sure TMO have their own motives, but nothing is free & as a long as I am ahead & my bill doesn’t go up, I could care what they are doing on the other side.
          This is still America, & I do have choices.

        • John Doe

          T-mobile SHOULD not make that decision for their customers without asking them first.

          If you like people/companies making decisions for you then that is your choice but there are about 60 million T-mobile customers, most know nothing about BingeOn or what it does and were never asked if they wanted this “FREE” feature.

          I am on an Unlimited plan. I pay for an Unlimited plan. I expect it to be unlimited but T-mobile tuned on BingeOn for me without asking and made me watch 480P videos on my UNLIMITED plan that I am paying for. I have to go out of my way to turn something off that I did not want now imagine the millions on unlimited plan customers that have it on without being asked first.

          I think you just convinced me to submit an FCC complaint. Thank you.

        • JMccovery

          Do you have the same complaint with WebGuard being on by default?

          Why is it the people complain about a setting they can change, that while on, causes no damage, harm or loss, being set to on by default?

          It can be changed, it’s only a slight nuisance, nothing to submit a complaint over.

        • John Doe

          I don’t know about you but when I signed up for T-mobile I did not have webguard on by default.

          And there is definitely a complaint here. T-mobile is breaking all of their promises,advertisements, and contracts for users on unlimited plan since they are enabling Binge On by default (for old and new customers)…it invalidates their unlimited plans since they are LIMITED to 480P videos on certain services.

        • NEO2U

          They made you ………good luck with that. Wouldn’t it be easier to get burned by a cup of coffee at McDonalds? $$$$$$

        • John Doe

          Yes they made me when Binge On went live I noticed that my Netflix videos looked like crap and there is no way I can change it through the app you have to log into T-mobile and change the setting that is if you know what Binge On is and how to turn it off in the first place.

        • ThatsMrtoyou

          Just because they name it , doesn’t mean you use any less data…the difference is its just not counted

      • John Wentworth

        Yea at the very least it should have been opt-in for any customers on unlimited plans, their is very little benefit other than one SD VUDU rental a month for unlimited customers, which most people won’t use.

        It’s almost all downsides for unlimited customers

      • Mike

        I am on the unlimited plan and this happened to me. All you have to do is simply log into t-mobile and turn it off. Or it automatically turns off if you change the quality of the video in the video app. Not that big of a deal

        • John Doe

          That is not convenient and is not a good business practice. Like I said a lot of people have unlimited plan and don’t know what BingeOn is, let alone how to turn it off.

          And NO it does not automatically turn off on its own when you change the video quality only T-mobile controls the video quality when it is on; you give up that control to T-mobile.

          I suspect that is why Youtube did not join it.

        • NEO2U

          “Like I said a lot of people have unlimited plan and don’t know what BingeOn is, let alone how to turn it off.”

          And you are verifying this how?

          How did you find out about BingeOn?

          Are you taking a poll and compiling statistics are just guessing?

        • John Doe

          That is a Job for the FCC to do they gather statistics from the complaints they receive and hopefully they question T-mobile on it. That is why they have complaint forms and comments on issues like Net Neutrality. And in this case guessing is enough. Obviously people like you and I that visit Tmonews would have heard about binge on but others that do not keep up with T-mobile’s announcement would not.

          Anyways the statistics or the polls don’t matter even if over 90% of unlimited customers know about BingeOn that DOES NOT give T-mobile permission to enable Binge On for everyone.

      • T Redd

        half the time I cant even turn it off. there’s always an error when go to profile then media.

        • Lou

          No need to log in or give them a call, use the short codes below to turn on or off the feature. I usually lose data for a minute after using it, so I power cycle and I’m good to go.
          #BON# = BingeOn On
          #BOF# = BingeOn Off

  • Acdc1a

    Because this is OPTIONAL at T-Mobile I think they have a case. Comcast on the other hand has absolutely nothing.

  • samagon

    I think it really depends on how tmo ‘works with’ companies that want to be a part of the program. And this is probably what the FCC wants more details on. If it’s just “hey tmo, we want to be included in this service!” and tmo adding their IPs and protocols to a list, then that’s fine, I’m sure.

    However, if it’s “hey tmo, we want to be included in this service!” and tmo then asks for the company to pay money, either as flat fee, based on bandwidth usage, or a combo of both then that’s probably going to be poopoo’d by the FCC.

    • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

      The real issue is simple man power. If every video site wants to be included tmobile has to pick the largest ones to be added to the system vs the thousands of small companies. Furthermore why can’t someone add their personal plex server for example? It’s same issue with music freedom though. I use Google music vs Amazon prime music which i actually PREFER only because Google music is data free….

    • (J²)

      You’re right but I don’t think money is the issue. I think it’s a matter of promoting services, priority of requests made to join and handling of technical issues should they arise (YouTube for example).

  • taxandspend

    Did I really just read that the FCC believes that some people have been harmed by 480p video?

    • Acdc1a

      Haven’t you read all of the folks here “harmed” by it? 480p looks like garbage on my display despite the fact that it’s 6″ at most.

      I have left the feature turned on for my unlimited plan so the kids can stream Netflix on their tablets. They will need years of therapy because I subjected them to 480p.

      • John Wentworth

        480p is noticeably inferior to the 1080p image I can get on my Note5 on netflix.

        • Acdc1a

          And you’ve clearly been harmed.

        • John Wentworth

          Let’s let up just a bit on the T-mobile can do no wrong Bias.
          I love my unlimited T-mobile plan and have no interest in switching networks, but that doesn’t mean T-mobile is flawless and never makes a mistake

          Harm as a legal term, isn’t the physical or emotional harm used in common language, in this case it means the experience was simply degraded.

          Making binge-on opt-out, especially for unlimited customers isn’t really in the customers best interest as it degrades their streaming quality for the dubious reward of one SD Vudu rental a month
          Most customer’s don’t know about either and will be stuck with 480p video going forward.

          For customer’s on tiered data, making it opt-out probably works in their favor.

          At the end of the day I still love my T-mobile service, the FCC is just asking these types of questions that i just brought up.

        • Acdc1a

          And now months later, you’ve been proven to be an idiot as Netflix has been streaming lower quality video to AT&T and Verizon for 5 years.

        • John Wentworth

          No, that hasn’t proven anything, read my comments! I’m on T-mobile, Netflix didn’t throttle T-mobile and everyone can get higher quality on WiFi.

          You’ve been proven to be a troll going back to this comment from 3 months ago and a serious T-mobile fanboy.

        • Acdc1a

          You can thank Donna for complimenting the service months later. It still stands that it’s a pro consumer feature.

        • John Wentworth

          If you had been paying attention you’d have noticed I said
          “For customer’s on tiered data, making it opt-out probably works in their favor..”

          I didn’t say it wasn’t a pro consumer feature, for tiered data users.

          All I said enabling it by default for unlimited data users wasn’t in the customer’s best interests, that was only in T-mobile’s interest trying to save money and reduce tower congestion, Period.

          I was never one with a pitch fork saying Binge-on must die, I think it’s a great service for tiered data users.
          I just had some issues with how they choose to make it opt-out for unlimited users. I can love my t-mobile service and not be a typical troll who defends every action they take.

        • Yazzie

          It looks bad on my Microsoft Lumia 640 XL as well (Netflix, Flixster, Hulu, and Microsoft Movies & TV), but it’s useful for my husband (who can’t see as well) and our kids (who really don’t care, even the techie one).

        • taxandspend

          Have you tried it with BingeOn disabled? The 640xl is not one of the phones can receive HD from Netflix. It’s going to be something like 480p whether or not BingeOn is enabled. So if it looks bad on there, it’s probably unrelated to BingeOn. The other thing that’s worth mentioning is that the 640XL only has a 720p display.

        • taxandspend

          Most phones can’t even get HD from Netflix. Unless you have a phone on the shortlist, you’re not noticing the difference anyway.

        • John Wentworth

          My Note 5 can do HD, and I’ve noticed a big difference since this binge-on feature came out, and to make matters worse the toggle does not seem to work with Netflix

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD3YopSpBtE

        • John Wentworth

          I do have a phone that supports HD netflix the note 5
          I notice a big difference since the binge on video feature came off
          and the toggle doesn’t even seem to work correctly
          I made a youtube video that didn’t seem to get approved
          by this site

      • mingkee

        Can 480p cause permanent damage to your eyes and your brain?!
        How about old school tube TV 40 years???
        The resolution was much less on the tube (320*240) with 20″ screen. Did you get any permanent damage from that?

      • donna

        LMAO. I live in a rural area where we have NOTHING! Binge on is a life saver. I couldn’t care less about video quality as long as I get something.

    • Mike

      Some people are ungrateful and ruin nice thing fot everyone. All you have to do is switch the OFF button if you do not want to use BingeOn

    • Peace Love and Death Metal

      Sadly yes.

    • donna

      You want to talk about harm? Trying not being able to apply for a job because you live in a rural area that doesn’t get any broadband coverage. So people need to stop btching about video quality. Binge on is a life saver for my household. Verizon wanted $80 for 20GB. My daughter can blow through that just by having to take online classes and videoconference with teachers.

  • Steven

    Man, people can really B1tch about nothing can’t they…

  • NEO2U

    My post is off topic so apologies to all here. This is for Alex Wagner. I tried to
    email this to Alex but the CAPTCHA code kept giving me an error. You will see if you try to send news. I am sure that I have to sign up for CAPTCHA but ……..too much hassle ;)

    My account has been long standing with T-Mobile but I am not sure if this is the reason for the “free” unlimited data. Last April 2015 I got “picked” to try unlimited data from April 2015 till January 2, 2016. Well, they extended it again! T-Mobile is awesome!! A whole year more for free. I do have an official 3 GB limit so this is pretty cool! I wonder how many people got this text. You are welcome to use this as news.
    The text they sent me is below:

    “Continue enjoying unlimited 4G LTE data

    Earlier this year, we upgraded your plan to Unlimited 4G LTE data on your smartphone—at no extra cost and with no action required by you. Now we’re extending your upgrade through January 31, 2017. This means you can continue to surf, shop, and download with no limits across our nationwide 4G LTE network.

    Then, starting February 2017, we’ll simply switch your line back to your original plan—with no hassle to you.

    This offer is only for customers who received a text message between 12/17/15 and 12/24/15 notifying them. After 1/31/17, your previous plan allotments will apply. Offer is not covered by Un-contract™ price guarantee. Your current high-speed plan allotment will be available for Smartphone Mobile HotSpot® (tethering). Upgrade does not include Rhapsody® unRadio.”

  • mingkee

    You have to know about “Zero Rating” (search Google if the link doesn’t show up).
    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FCC-Presses-Verizon-Comcast-TMobile-About-Zero-Rating-135911

    T-Mobile’s Binge On is Zero Rating option, but at least you can disable if you have unlimited, or you can keep it on if you have metered data to save your quota even the video is VGA/SD/480p.
    One thing is questionable is supported service, but it’s understandable because Binge On can bring much more congestion if all video services supported.
    T-Mobile knows what they’re doing.

  • random guy

    How can someone be hurt from a volunteer service? Turn it off it you want higher quality video.

    People stupid

  • Peace Love and Death Metal

    Hmmm. Sounds like really political. God bless American politics

  • (J²)

    I think the FCC just wants to gather information right now to formally and publicly “CYA”.
    As a consumer, we all understand how Binge On works but what’s not clear is the process on the back end. Yes, T-Mobile has claimed that Binge On is open to all video services that apply but technical challenges could stand in the way – Lets take YouTube for example.

    That’s JUST with T-Mobile, the more carriers and providers that offer services like this the more the FCC has to watch.

    Remember the FCC caught flak when it called out AT&T but not Sprint or T-Mobile for following the correct approval process for Wi-Fi Calling.

  • skywalkr2

    “Net Neutrailty” is a power grab and will ultimately be a disaster for regular folks.

    • Brazil passed a carbon copy law on net neutrality last year and it was used last week by a municipal court to block WhatsApp in the whole country – and, as an unintended consequence, neighboring countries routed through Brazil – for 48h. Down there the law was called the Internet Civic Mark, but laws always carry deceiving names, like the FCC’s hundreds of pages regulating net neutrality and other little things you’re not supposed to know how they’re going to be interpreted, probably by a secret judge of a secret court in a secret decision, because it’s the American way.

  • Jimmy James

    With BingeOn enabled, I still have issues with 720 or 1080p videos pausing on YouTube. Also, sometimes Netflix or Hulu looks so compressed. Have to close and re-open.

  • todd

    Be clear about what ‘harm’ means in this case. It means that since -all- video is not included, the ‘selected’ video will dominate and the non-selected video companies will suffer because you won’t pick them.

  • FlipJUMPMΔN

    Answer to all this: Turn it off then…

  • PJC83

    Well it would of been nice getting notice by text with details letting me know bingon was auto enabled.
    Ive been dealing with crap buffer on Surfline.com cams etc for weeks thinking device software was at fault.

  • Juan Carlos Tejada

    So all three companies, needs the same lies to comply?