FCC suspends probes against AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday the suspension of its probes into whether AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile breached net neutrality rules with their data plans.  In emails sent to the three telecommunication giants, the federal agency’s wireless telecom bureau chief Nese Guendelsberger stated that the probes were over.  Announcing the decision, Guendelsberger said in a statement, “I am notifying your company that the Telecommunications Bureau has closed this inquiry. Any conclusions, pre

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday the suspension of its probes into whether AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile breached net neutrality rules with their data plans.

In emails sent to the three telecommunication giants, the federal agency’s wireless telecom bureau chief Nese Guendelsberger stated that the probes were over.

Announcing the decision, Guendelsberger said in a statement, “I am notifying your company that the Telecommunications Bureau has closed this inquiry. Any conclusions, preliminary or otherwise, expressed during the course of the inquiry will have no legal or other meaning or effect going forward.”

At issue were the telecommunication companies’ so-called zero-rating data plans, where the companies gave their customers free data when they make use of certain apps.

While critics argued that such plans violated net neutrality rules, which aim to ensure hat all internet traffic is treated equally; the companies argued that such plans are popular among customers and provide them with more options to easily access content.

The FCC’s decision to end the probes represents the change occurred under the Trump administration. Trump-nominated FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a fierce critic of the so-called net neutrality rules.

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