It’s not clear what those specifications are yet, though Legere used words like "optimized video" and "DVD quality or better." But that just sounds a lot like another type of managed network: cable television. To understand why free is a problem, we need to look at net neutrality in the context of the scarcity the ISPs have created."This is not a net neutrality problem," Legere insisted on stage today at his company’s Uncarrier X event. Consider T-Mobile and Sprint’s basic "unlimited" data plans: each technically include unlimited data, but only 1GB at 4G speeds.
"The other guys can’t keep up." In this case, we really hope the other guys don’t keep up.
The internet is still in trouble, and now we know how it’s going to get worse.
T-Mobile has just announced "Binge On," a deal that gives customers unlimited access to Netflix, HBO Go, ESPN, Showtime, and video from most other huge media brands (but not You Tube! It’s just like T-Mobile’s "Music Freedom" promotion, which gives customers unlimited high-speed data, as long as they’re listening to music from Spotify, Google Play Music, or one of T-Mobile’s other partners.
And they’re going to try to sell you on the idea that it’s good for you.
John Legere loves to brag about how much he’s disrupting the industry.