AT&T plan to turn data caps into more cash could come to home Internet

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).

Read 19 remaining paragraphs | Comments

via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/DVgDzh-xsks/

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s