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.