T-Mobile needs to stop with music streaming out of bundle

T-Mobile needs to 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, a subscription service where music outside of the usual data package can be streamed. The provider gets off to the right.

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

T-Mobile says, however, to appeal against the judgment. Then the penalty is suspended until the court judgments.

Net neutrality

According to the ACM is 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 the muziekoptie in October, so that customers of different muziekstreamingdiensten can use without MB’s out of their bundle to be consumed. That is also called ‘zero-rating’.

The provider recognised that this is in conflict with the Dutch netneutraliteitswet, but according to T-Mobile may zero-rating under the recently adopted European variant. A judge will ultimately shed light on.

‘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”. The watchdog warned earlier that Datavrije Music in violation of the net neutrality seems to be.

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