AT&T announced three days ago that it would start charging content providers for the right to bypass data caps that might otherwise prevent smartphone owners from using data-hungry services like streaming video or music.
The plan is opposed by those who say it violates the principles of net neutrality, that Internet service providers should treat all data equally, and that AT&T shouldn’t pick winners and losers by forcing content providers to pay for the best path to consumers.
AT&T’s plan is very likely legal, however. For one thing, the Federal Communication Commission’s Open Internet Order, which lays out the country’s net neutrality rules, places fewer restrictions on wireless Internet (your cell phone provider) than wired (your cable and/or other home Internet service).
via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/DVgDzh-xsks/