After the Electronic Frontier Foundation and YouTube launched claims that the recently released streaming plan ‘Binge On’ is an excuse for the company to throttle users, T-Mobile’s John Legere dismissed throttling accusations in his own personal style.
He recently said in a short video that the accusations were plainly ‘bull***,’ while he took Twitter by storm asking who the BLEEP the Electronic Frontier Foundation was and who was financially supporting the group.
In the video, Legere went on and said that there are people who try to make T-mobile customers lose trust in Binge On by claiming that the company and Google have a secret agenda to use net neutrality as an excuse to make an entry into the news business.
According to T-Mobile’s top executive, we can suspect throttling when users lose control over their data and there are clear signs that data is slowed down. He also said that the recently unveiled video streaming plan does none of these practices. Plus Binge On does not fork out any data from its users’ plans.
He explained that the plan was originally catered to customers that do not need video content at full resolution such as mobile device users. So, the plan is expected to be especially popular among these users and boost mobile data usage.
T-mobile also addressed claims that users should be allowed to opt-in the Binge On feature, rather than being forced to have it by default on all their videos and browsers. The company argued that feed-back from ‘cost-conscious consumers’ had shown that it is better to have a universal opt-in button, rather than looking for the switch to Binge On in each app and web browser.
In the short explanatory clip, Legere noted that it all boils down to giving users a choice. He compared Binge On to YouTube’s policy to provide users with a wide variety of video resolutions.
“So it’s ok for THEM to give customers choice but not for US to give our customers a choice?,”
added the T-Mobile CEO.
He pinpointed that T-Mobile customers now have more possibilities to choose from than ever. He slammed YouTube for interfering with other companies’ businesses and their wireless consumers. He said that the Google-owned YouTube does not have the right to ‘dictate’ the choices T-Mobile customers should make.
Legere’s response comes four days after an EFF report showed that the carrier has been throttling video playback on purpose under the new feature.
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