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Verizon Betrays Net Neutrality, Excludes Its Video App From Data Caps

An end-run by the major carriers.


The FCC’s net neutrality rules, passed last year, explicitly ban Internet providers from a number of discriminatory measures like throttling and blocking, but there’s evidently a huge loophole that every major wireless carrier in the U.S. has rushed to exploit. T-Mobile’s Binge On program, which throttles video content, is troublesome — but AT&T and Verizon’s programs are much worse, especially the one Verizon just announced today in the fine print of an update for its Go90 video app.

Verizon’s Go90 video platform — the company’s effort to compete with its own video bundle — now won’t count against customers’ data caps. That’s a huge deal, since video eats up a lot of data on mobile devices, and especially since Verizon’s data plans are expensive.

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