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Netherlands ban T-Mobile’s free streaming music service

Last week, the Dutch Authority for Consumer and Market (ACM) regulators told T-Mobile to stop providing its customers with access to streaming music that doesn’t go against their data allotment. In the United States the product is called Zero Rating, but the Netherlands doesn’t allow this practice.

Henk Don, ACM board member, said that Dutch law is clear on zero-rating and it’s not allowed. He said that was why the regulator was taking action against T-Mobile. He added that there was no such thing as free data and that it causes other services to become pricier.

T-Mobile Netherlands introduced its service on October 10. However, it now faces a fine of $52,000 per day if it doesn’t comply with the ruling. T-Mobile said they meet European requirements and does not agree with the ACM’s decision. It added that it would refer the matter to the courts.

T-Mobile said it is waiting for the court’s verdict and until they hear something back, then they will continue to offer Data Royalty Free Music.

In Europe, just as the case is in the U.S., T-Mobile’s service offers users to play unlimited music via participating services. Part of the ACM’s decision was based on “participating services” because promoting certain companies over others can harm competition.

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