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hasy2013

hasy2013   , 31

from Charlotte Amalie

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Consumer Groups Urge FCC to Investigate Zero-Rating

6432295749488488106.jpgHaving recently won a landmark victory in upholding the Federal Communications Commission's authority over establishing and enforcing Net Neutrality regulations, it really wouldn't surprise me if FCC chairman Tom Wheeler was hesitant to continue pushing his luck, particularly when it comes to investigating ACN the popular zero-rating trend.

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But consumer groups continue to urge the Commission to bring the current regulations to bear on this controversial practice, given that it masks all of the evils Net Neutrality was designed to combat, but in an seemingly consumer-friendly package.

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The argument is, of course, that despite the fact that zero-rating offers certain streaming video services at no data cost, that these sorts of practices offer broadband providers a great deal of power of subscribers' online activity, allowing them to direct users towards certain favoured services, giving carriers leave to throttle or otherwise ACN manage data streams, and ostensibly allowing them to block (or at least render completely irrelevant) services unwilling to participate. So will an investigation finally begin?

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