T-Mobile ordered to stop offering its data free music streaming service in the Netherlands

T-Mobile ordered to stop offering its data free music streaming service in the Netherlands
You may or may not know that T-Mobile has operations overseas. Like the U.S. unit, the Netherlands division of T-Mobile offers a version of Music Freedom, a zero-rated feature that allows subscribers to stream music without it counting against their high-speed data allotment. T-Mobile Netherlands started offering Music Freedom on October 10th, and regulators at the Dutch Consumer and Markets (ACM) have ordered the carrier to stop the promotion.

The Dutch regulators say that the feature is a threat to net neutrality and will fine the carrier $52,000 for each day that it doesn't adhere to its ruling. What ruffles the ACM's tail feathers is whether the participating music streamers are being promoted over other music streamers. If so, it would go against net neutrality.

In a statement, T-Mobile says that it disagrees with the ACM's ruling (naturally), and will take the matter to the courts. Until a legal ruling is made, the "Data Royalty Free Music" remains available for T-Mobile customers in the Netherlands. With a $52,000 fine being imposed against it every day until it either wins a court victory, or it stops offering the data free music streaming, T-Mobile might be forced at some point to give in or face paying out some serious money.

source: TechCrunch



1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 708; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

T-Mobile also had to stop the service in Germany. It's a shame but it is what it is.

2. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I don't understand why they're doing this; even though I have unlimited data it's absurd that the government is looking for a way to hoe the customer

13. TerryTerius unregistered

It's basically because they don't offer free streaming for any and all streaming services. So certain services count against your data, where as others don't. That is essentially the same thing as favoring certain companies.

3. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

That's a carrier to support at all costs

4. Anaror

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 24, 2016

While I think it's awesome that T-mobile is being so competitive and trying to overcome a lot of annoying things in the cellular world, the Netherlands consistently rank higher than most places on the Global Information Technology Report because they enforce laws like this. Enforcing net neutrality, believe it or not, is 100% in favor of citizens. I wish the USA cared more about protecting it but Internet Service Providers spend a lot of money lobbying and trying to change it. If you don't know much about it and you're not scared of losing net neutrality then you don't know anything about Comcast and their political affairs. Net neutrality ensures a free open internet for everyone and I'd encourage everyone to support their government in taking strong stances in favor of it.

8. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

we all know what it is but the thing is TM is not charging the consumer more money or attempting to triple dip by charging companies for access to the program. They just has them to comprise their data. companies can choose to do it or not and the consumer is choose to opt in/out. this isn't a case like garbage comcast triple dipping and screwing every netflix user on their service and holding speeds hostage forcing netflix pay them millions to stop messing with their service because they choose to not update their outdated cable services to compete with Netflix.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Net neutrality isn't about stopping services, it is about stopping pay to play. Nothing TMO offers is pay to play. And no, I will not support this over reaching act of crap.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

double post

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"You may or may not know that T-Mobile has operations overseas. " Lmao what? Tmobile is originally European

6. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

no verification of statements or research whatsoever lol

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

stupid i swear... They are not charging any company money to make their apps part of the free data program just ask them follow the guidelines for pumping it out. companies can do as they please and users can turn it off/ on. prices didn't go up or down when the service came out. IF anything it's going hurt the consumer more than the companies, My phones reads anywhere from 15-18gbs every month but my TM app only says i have used 5-7gbs of my 10gb plan due to all the music i stream from their free program.

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I get up to 40gb at times...use about 9gb out of my 10gb everymonth, sometimes I go over and dip into that overage bucket.

14. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

So benefiting their customers of unnecessary data charges is bad for 'NET NEUTRALITY'. Makes total sense. Morons.

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