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Verizon Wireless follows AT&T's lead, now selling data exemptions

Verizon's new data exemptions mean you can consume certain content without affecting your data plan, sparking opposition from net neutrality supporters.

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Published Thu, Jan 21 2016 4:02 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Verizon Wireless is following AT&T's lead in selling data exemptions to online content providers, so watching videos on a particular website or through an app for one example wouldn't count toward your data limit. You'll know the content is safe to consume courtesy of a bee icon next to it. The company is calling this its FreeBee Data service, which is in beta as of today. Should a provider sign up for it, they pay on a per gigabyte or per click usage basis and receive more traffic in return.

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Given it puts anyone who doesn't pay up at a disadvantage, most if not all would agree this violates net neutrality. However, it's not currently illegal under the FCC, who review matters like this on a case-by-case basis. That said, they have been hosting "productive" talks about it this month, so it will be interesting to see where this leads.

NEWS SOURCE:arstechnica.com

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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