T-Mobile announced this week that it would no longer count video-streaming from certain apps, like Netflix, toward customers’ monthly data caps — it’s called “zero-rating” that traffic. Sounds great, right?
But some Internet rights advocates argue the practice could be bad news for consumers.
It’s the first time such a program has been offered in this country, but they’re common in other parts of the world. Facebook and Wikipedia are among the entities that have launched zero-rated services in developing countries where Internet connections are more restrictive.