Should music streaming services be exempt from data caps?
T-Mobile has announced that streaming services will no longer count against customer’s monthly data limits. To start with, the following services are included: Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio, Slacker Radio, and Samsung Milk.
Many are upset that T-Mobile isn’t including all services, but these are just the ones T-Mobile is starting with. They plan on adding more over time, and users can let T-Mobile know which service they would like to see. Eventually, T-Mobile wants to include all streaming services.
As far as net neutrality, this announcement could be bad news. T-Mobile is giving a select number of businesses a free pass, giving them an advantage over other services, apps, and companies. This will set a precedent in the industry. If it works out for T-Mobile then other services might adopt similar practices.
However, as a T-Mobile customer I couldn’t be happier. Most of my data goes to streaming music. If I’m happy about this, other -Mobile customers that don’t care about net neutrality must be ecstatic.
Nevertheless, deals like this need to be addressed by the FCC.