FCC ends investigation into zero-rating services

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Back in late 2015, the FCC said that it wanted to meet with T-Mobile regarding Binge On, and the agency later investigated AT&T and Verizon’s zero-rated services, too. Fast-forward to today and those investigations have come to a close.

The FCC today said that it has put an end into its investigation into the carriers’ zero-rating programs. Commissioner Michael O’Rielly issued an official statement on the situation, saying that carriers can continue developing their services without worrying about the FCC stepping in.

Here’s O’Rielly’s full statement:

“Today, the Commission finally puts an end to the past Commission’s zero-rating inquiries and recommits to permissionless innovation. While this is just a first step, these companies, and others, can now safely invest in and introduce highly popular products and services without fear of Commission intervention based on newly invented legal theories.”

T-Mobile’s zero-rating services never seemed to be in much danger from the FCC. Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler describing Binge On as “pro competition and pro innovation” as well as “highly innovative and highly competitive,” and the FCC described a meeting with T-Mobile about Binge On as “productive.” Still, I’m sure that T-Mo and other companies are pleased that the FCC is ending its investigations and telling them that they can continue to develop their services.

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai also announced today that the agency is ending its investigation into wireless carriers’ free data programs.

Source: FCC

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  • Hurlamania

    shocker

  • Hurlamania

    ATT & Verizon can do whatever they want to hurt competition… should be the title.

    • Jason Caprio

      AT&T and Verizon’s vastly superior coverage is all they need to compete.

      • Hurlamania

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        • Jason Caprio

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          If anyone’s living in a dream world it’s a Verizon customer trolling a T-Mobile site telling other people what experience they should have on their network.

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        • Jason Caprio

          Yeah I’m done with this site. I only visit here because I’m an ex-T-Mobile customer. You fanboys are so brainwashed by their BS. I got sick of the unreliable service in cities in the form of randomly unusable speeds as well as complete unreliable coverage during travels in areas such as northern PA, and most of VT, NH and ME. Verizon and AT&T cost more because their service can be depended on while not in a major city.

        • Phil

          I’m very happy T-Mobile customer in Virginia Beach VA excellent coverage in my area but must agree.
          AT&T & V cover more ground dependable outside city.

          When it comes to higher cost , data overages , extra fees etc AT&T is screwing consumers.

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        • Drewski

          Well, guess what? I too am now a T-Mobile-MetroPCS ex user. I do not hate people that are users of T-Mobile-MetroPCS, but I must say this much, their coverage map is not as solid as Sprint Corporation network coverage are. I tend to swing more over to Sprint Corporation-Boost Mobile, due to them offering way more benefits verses on what T-Mobile-MetroPCS kept on trying to do for me, which never worked out for me, for the better. Sprint Corporation’s Sister Carrier, “Boost Mobile” has way Better benefits than T-Mobile-MetroPCS put together. I most definitely will never use AT&T or Cricket Wireless. Verizon Wireless will always be the the true underdog in the mobile wireless industry throughout country USA, Bro. I tend to support Sprint Corporation-Boost Mobile/Verizon Wireless way more over AT&T, Cricket Wireless, T-Mobile-MetroPCS. :)*

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        • metalspy8

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        • eanfoso

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    New administration.

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        No, you’ll get a package that allows you to access a certain group of websites. You’ll have to by premium packages for all the good stuff that uses large amounts of data or sites they don’t like.

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      Money has rights too.

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  • GersonT1000

    This is not good. While I feel that the T-Mobile way is totally fine because they allow any music/video program to apply for BingeOn and unlimited music streaming, AT&T and Verizon are turning into media companies and people who want to use those services will be basically forced to use Verizon wireless service to get them unless they want to pay much higher rates.