T-Mobile's new Binge On promotion allows users to stream unlimited video on their network without the data being counted against the monthly data limits. Of course, as you might expect, this does come with some strings attached.
YouTube is calling T-Mobile out on unfair data practices, as The Wall Street Journal reports. YouTube says that T-Mobile is throttling its users to slower speeds and degrading video quality on purpose without the user's knowledge or consent.
YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., said T-Mobile is effectively throttling, or degrading, its traffic. "Reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn't justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent," a YouTube spokesman said.
The degraded video quality is dropped to 480p, which is a DVD standard quality and is significantly lower than today's quality demands of 720p, 1080p, 4k, or higher.
MacRumors reports that the FCC is interested in investigating these practices and is questioning T-Mobile's data methods. T-Mobile appears to be dodging the questions as much as possible when asked by other parties.
Source: The Wall Street Journal via MacRumors