Bringing the issue of net neutrality back to the arena, T-Mobile and AT&T have come up with new plans.
In the case of T-Mobile, it has announced an unlimited data plan T-Mobile One, which will no longer cap the use of 4G data based on a monthly allotment. Instead, those customers who use more than 26GB of data per month will experience a slow down in the speed of their internet.
This throttling of speed will also have a severe impact on the video viewing experience of the customers. The subscribers of T-Mobile One plan can only stream videos limited to standard definition or that of 480p quality. For customers who wish to play HD videos, there is an additional charge of $25 per month.
This policy of the plan directly goes against the net neutrality. The Open Internet rules from the FCC prohibit companies from blocking, throttling, and engaging in paid prioritization.
“A person engaged in the provision of broadband internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on the basis of internet content, application, or service, or use of a non-harmful device, subject to reasonable network management,” the rule says.
Hence, T-Mobile One plan is under the radar of the net neutrality supporters. The plan will come into effect from September 2016.
AT&T has also announced a similar idea. Instead of charging a fee, the carrier will lower the connection speed. Additionally, it has lowered the price of higher data plans such as 30GB but increased the price of smaller data packs such as 1GB/2GB.