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[ NNSquad ] AT&T's new Pay to Play scheme to suck money out of Internet users

AT&T's new Pay to Play scheme to suck money out of Internet users

http://j.mp/Ktp8vk  (Ars Technica)

   Basically, the price of data is being charged to content providers
   instead of consumers. The rates for consumers and business will be
   similar. "We will offer AT&T Sponsored Data providers a wide range of
   options," an AT&T spokesperson told Ars. "Customers will be billed
   according to usage, with costs varying by amounts of usage. Rates are
   comparable to consumer rates."  While it's likely that some services
   using sponsored data will be free to consumers, others will probably
   be fee-based ones, passing the data cost right back to cellular phone
   users. The platform is available to businesses today, with Sponsored
   Data services expected to be available to consumers this quarter.
   Even before it was announced, rumors of AT&T's plan led consumer
   advocates to say that it violates the principles of network

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