Recently we have seen several initiatives by mobile operators to impose usage fees for the use of certain applications, mainly those competing with their core services (VoIP, messaging and video streaming). See the case of KPN (here), TeliaSonera (here) and a recent win by Allot (here).
See "FCC Tells Us Their Neutrality Rules Prevent Pay-Per App But ISPs Will Simply Argue They're Pricing Creatively..." - here.
- FCC: VoIP Replaces Regular Phone Service with Annual Growth of 21% - here
- FCC: We Need "Apps" to Monitor Naughty Service Providers - here
- FCC: Usage-Based Pricing is Important - here
A person engaged in the provision of mobile broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block consumers from accessing lawful websites, subject to reasonable network management; nor shall such person block applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services, subject to reasonable network management.
|Source: Allot Communications|
67. Some concerns have been expressed that broadband providers may seek to charge edge providers simply for delivering traffic to or carrying traffic from the broadband provider’s end-user customers. To the extent that a content, application, or service provider could avoid being blocked only by paying a fee, charging such a fee would not be permissible under these rules.