John Legere writes one more blog post about Binge On, still doesn’t understand net neutrality

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John Legere and T-Mobile are in the midst of a video streaming crisis known as Binge On. While the plan was originally designed to let customers watch as much video as they want without it hitting their data allowances, there were some pretty big snags for some other big companies that caused problems. Google, for example, wasn’t happy that YouTube was being throttled on T-Mobile’s network, even though YouTube isn’t part of the unlimited streaming service.

T-Mobile countered by saying they were merely optimizing video streams on their network, not throttling, even though the EFF found that the carrier was choking all video streams to 1.5Mbps. It’s been a mess.

So, John Legere took to Twitter to try and clear some things up and honestly made things worse. After side stepping issues all night and calling out the EFF, he failed to spin Binge On’s benefits back into a positive light.

Today, he’s trying that again in a more organized manner. Instead of a chaotic AMA on Twitter, he’s simply released a blog post reiterating all of the points about Binge On we’ve been hearing for the past several weeks. The key points highlight that Binge On is optional, it’s a great value for customers, and it optimizes all video streams on the network. Legere says that last point is actually a benefit, not a problem, since it theoretically stretches out how much video you can watch even if you’re watching something that isn’t included in Binge On’s free streaming. Technically, he’s right, but he’s still avoiding calling it what it is: data throttling.

The post also mentions that Binge On is a pro-net neutrality program, simply because it’s optional. I still don’t think Legere understands what net neutrality is, and Binge On is still favoring certain kinds of traffic over others, and we’re still dealing with the whole throttling issue, but hey, it’s optional!

You can check out the blog post below. There’s not any incredibly new info in it, so if you’re already familiar with how Binge On works, you probably won’t learn much here. But if you need a corporate press release to recap everything, it’s a great resource.

source: T-Mobile


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid and an unhealthy obsession with fixing things that aren't broken. This accidentally led to being the go-to guy for anything more complicated than a toaster, which he considers more of a curse than a blessing. Jared is enrolled in online classes at the University of Phoenix, and spends his spare time on video games and listening to music.


  • Hendri Meintjes

    I’m a T-Mobile customer and I don’t have a problem with the whole concept of Binge-On. I can turn it on and off very easily but even tough I have 10GB per line I like the idea of video not counting towards my data cap. The whole issue can easily be resolved with a pop-up menu that ask you what video quality you want before hitting play. That said the “Binge-On” video quality is pretty good and my kids have never complained about it either. This whole issue is way over blown.

    • primalxconvoy

      Surely it should be opt IN rather than opt OUT?

      That’s part of the problem.

      Another part is not allowing customers to simply choose what resolution to stream each/various services/videos at.

      Three current offering seems highly flawed to me.

      Here’s hoping it either gets fixed, or dies quickly.

  • Daniel Lyons

    The FCC’s net neutrality order distinguished between carrier-controlled traffic differentiation and consumer-controlled traffic differentiation. Although the issue is not completely without doubt, the fact that consumers can turn the service on or off likely keeps T-Mobile out of trouble with the FCC. (It should–the point of the FCC’s order is ultimately to protect consumers, not Internet-based companies.)

  • wardmundy

    Any company with video can opt in and any customer can opt out. So where’s even a hint of a Net Neutrality problem??