T-Mobile CEO calls Binge On critics “Jerks” during foul mouthed 3 minute video rant

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This Morning the CEO of T-Mobile released a 3 min videos in response to increasing criticism of how the company is handling data through it’s BingeOn program which it claims provides customers with ‘Unlimited Data’.

 

“…We give customers more choices and these jerks are complaining, who the hell do they think they are?” — John Legere

 

 

 

During the nearly 4 min rant which was posted on twitter and the company’s blog, he dismissed claims of throttling made by Google, The EFF and others as “Bullsh*t” and made vague claims to being a victim of “Groups out there” and “The big guy’s agenda” which is interesting considering that he recently tweeted a photo of his company’s chief lobbyist Kathleen Ham posing in a photo with FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, both were wearing T-Mobile’s trademarked magenta.

 

The interesting part of the press release is where he claims others are playing semantics while it appears hes doing the very same thing

“There are people out there saying we’re “throttling.” They’re playing semantics! Binge On does NOT permanently slow down data nor remove customer control. “T-Mobile Press Release

While he doesn’t categorically deny slowing it down his customers’ connections which could violate the FCC’s net neutrality rules, he added that they don’t do it “permanently”.

So far he’s ignored numerous questions from me about the Tweet, BingeOn and throttling YouTube videos (which isnt a BingeOn partner) but he promised to hold a #AskJohn Q&A session later today at 12PM PT/3PM ET.

You can read my previous article about T-Mobile and BingeOn below:

FCC commissioner poses with T-Mobile lobbist at CES amid calls for investigation into ‘BingeOn’ and net neutrality practices

 

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Did Google arbitrarily block several popular torrent sites from Chrome?

As of July 10th 2015 four popular torrent sites appear to have been targeted and blocked from the Chrome browser. When Chrome users try to access the websites they will see a large red “security error” that urges them to click “Back to Safety” to avoid loading the site.

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Although this move will likely have no effect on die hard users who visit the sites and will only drive them to use other browsers or simply disable Phishing & malware alerts in settings, it does have a chilling effect.

Users trust google to block legitimately dangerous sites but it appears these four sites were specifically targeted because they provide “pirated” content, if Google starts a trend of blocking content solely based on content and not actual dangers then I’m afraid this could be the beginning of a dangerous descent down a slippery slope.

Imagine if in 1998 Microsoft decided to list Google as malicious or dangerous and blocked it from its browser, the effects could have devastating to the growth of that company now imagine if a blog or website was critical of certain activities or actions of Google, a movie company, a politician, etc, could this policy lead to someone at Google flagging those sites as malicious and blocking from the Chrome browser?

The internet should be open and free especially on the browser end and regardless of content it should not be the role of browser companies like Google to police content on the internet. It should be up to the courts, law enforcement and hosting companies.

Piracy itself has played a major role in driving technology over the past decade and has driven major media companies to provide their content online. Without file sharing services like Napster we probably wouldn’t have Spotify, Pandora, iTunes or the iPod along with other companies and services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and Amazon Instant Video.

Ultimately people will pirate content regardless of what blocks or laws are put in place, one has to remember that long before online piracy took hold online people were selling pirated copies of movies on the streets. One can only hope that Google will reverse its decision and become a neutral party again when it comes to providing content through its browsers otherwise it will just drive users to find other alternatives which may not be a bad thing.

Update: Google declined to comment on this incident but all four sites have been unblocked from Chrome.

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