FCC Expresses Concern About AT&T, Verizon Free-Data Services

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressed concern about “zero-rating” services from AT&T and Verizon that “may harm consumers and competition.” In a report examining four different zero-rated services, the FCC’s Wireless Bureau found that AT&T’s Sponsored Data program and Verizon’s FreeBee Data 360 program may stifle competition by “potentially unreasonable discrimination in favor of their own affiliates.”