Dutch regulators order T-Mobile to stop offering free music streaming over net neutrality concerns


T-Mobile’s no-data-charge-music-streaming-thing has been going strong since 2014 here in the States, with the company adding services to the offering one by one.

The Netherlands version of the promotion ran into significant headwinds this week, however, as regulators at the Dutch Consumer and Markets  (AFM) officially ordered the carrier to stop offering the “zero rating” feature over concerns that it constitutes a threat to net neutrality.

As with the version in the States, the service lets users play unlimited music through participating services, without contributing to their data costs (the US counterpart features a video version, as well). The “participating services” is the key part of the decision here, as promoting certain companies over others can aversely…

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