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In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of Budget & Tax News Jesse Hathaway talks with TechFreedom president and founder Berin Szoka. Hathaway and Szoka discuss activists’ next target: your cell phone data plan.
Some mobile providers offer customers free, “zero-rated” access to selected websites or services, like Spotify or ESPN, in addition to customers’ regular paid data usage. In under-served areas like the inner city or developing countries, zero-rating agreements like Facebook Zero or Wikipedia Zero encourage people to get online and enrich their lives with access to educational materials and social media.
However, Szoka says, activists are carrying out the tenets of what he terms a “religion” of anti-capitalism against zero-rating, preventing cell phone companies from experimenting with new business models and access plan packages.