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T-Mobile must of ACM stop with music streaming out of bundle

T-Mobile must of ACM stop with music streaming out of bundle

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The Authority Consumer and Market (ACM) requires that T-Mobile stops offering ‘Datavrije Music’, where music outside of the usual data package is streamed. The provider gets off to the right.

That has the ACM on Friday announced. If T-Mobile does not stop with the provision of the service, per day, a penalty payment of 50,000 euros be imposed. This can amount to a maximum of 500,000 euro.

According to the authority, the service of T-Mobile in violation of legislation about net neutrality. In addition, it would Datavrije Music are harmful for the competition among internet services.

T-Mobile introduced in October, the muziekoptie. This uses so-called “zero-rating”, where MB’s are consumed by certain services will not be from the bundle to be removed.

The provider recognised that the service is in breach of Dutch neutrality, but not with the European version. “This would allow for European citizens, but for the Dutch it not,” the company said in October.

‘No surprise’

T-Mobile says that its service will not be unfair competition it creates for music services: “Datavrije Music is open to any muziekstreamingdienst, and each service can be free of charge and without restrictive terms and conditions will be connecting”, the company said in a statement.

According to the provider, the decision of the ACM “not a surprise”. T-Mobile is planning the decision to challenge in court and wants until that time are muziekoptie continue to offer. Officially, the company has twenty days in which to inform customers and to stop Datavrije Music, before the daily fine is imposed.

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