wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

In net neutrality violation, HBO Max to be zero rated on AT&T in the US: Report

In a net neutrality violation, AT&T will not count HBO Max against wireless internet users’ data caps, The Verge reported. A company executive told The Verge that the HBO’s streaming service, which AT&T owns, will be a part of the Sponsored Data program, where content providers pay on users’ behalf when the latter consume data from partnered content providers. We have reached out to AT&T for comment.

Since AT&T is essentially sponsoring its own data, this creates an unlevel playing field between HBO Max and other streaming services. Given that the US’s wireless internet is among the world’s costliest, exemptions to data caps can be a significant advantage for content providers. That competitive problem becomes more worrying when the content provider in question is owned by the carrier.

In the US, while net neutrality laws were revoked under the Trump administration, zero rating was never illegal, and a review into those practices initiated under the previous FCC administration was halted in 2017. This gives companies like AT&T and T-Mobile (whose Binge-On program allows content providers to have their data exempted from caps) free rein to choose whose services can be more attractive to customers on account of costing nothing.

AT&T also throttles some video by default for mobile data users, reducing video quality to 480p, under what it calls the Stream Saver program. This program is opt-out, so users have to contact the carrier to disable it.

  • TikTok joins T-Mobile’s BingeOn: Sometime before 15 February, TikTok joined T-Mobile’s BingeOn program, allowing the app to bypass users’ data caps.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

You May Also Like


We missed this earlier: The Telegraph Act of 1885, the foundational legislation governing telecommunications in India, might get a wide-ranging amendment, Mint reported on...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ