Broadband 'Zero Rating' Actually Costs Customers More, Study Finds
The concept of “zero rating”—or the process of an internet service provider exempting certain content from broadband usage caps—has been controversial for several years now. But a new study suggests that ISP claims that zero rating saves consumers money are largely nonsense, and countries where the practice is avoided see lower wireless data prices overall. Many ISPs now implement caps on how much data customers can use in a month, charging you extra should you go over said limit. Data suggests these limits don’t serve any real purpose outside of charging captive customers more money, and as a deterrent for users who quit an ISP’s traditional TV services in favor of streaming video alternatives.
Broadband 'Zero Rating' Actually Costs Customers More, Study Finds Countries With Zero Rating Have More Expensive Wireless Broadband Than Countries Without It (EFF)