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The FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai, said mobile content such as music that some service providers exempt from data limits could be in violation of the agency’s new Internet conduct standard.

T-Mobile, for instance, has a program called ‘Music Freedom’ where users can listen to music from certain programs (i.e. Spotify) and it doesn’t go against their data usage. However, the agency explicitly said that this could be considered a net neutrality violation under the new Internet conduct standard.

The Commissioner said that it remains unclear how the agency will ultimately use the Internet conduct standard, and that it’s “regulatory uncertainty defined.” He continues by explaining that the providers Verizon and Comcast have been reclassified as public utilities under the new neutrality rules.

Recently Pai commented on the Title II regulations and how they have slowed infrastructure investment and deployment. Pai backed up his claims with evidence by showing how there has been a decline in capital expenditures by the major wireless companies of 12% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same time the previous year when the FCC was still expected to restore open internet rules without reclassifying broadband.

Pai said that no one should be surprised by that outcome.

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The FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai, said mobile content such as music that some service providers exempt from data limits could be in violation of the agency's new Internet conduct standard. T-Mobile, for instance, has a program called 'Music Freedom' where users can listen to music from certain programs (i.e. Spotify)...