Published on December 5th, 2017 | by Amber Healy0
Whoops. A correction
I need to issue a correction, and for that I apologize:
In a recent article on net neutrality in the US, this graphic was used as an example of what the average US internet user might face should new regulations be adopted.
A reader, Chris, pointed out that this infographic has been reviewed by Snopes and deemed mostly false.
Turns out, the infographic depicts additional data packages available to MEO users in Portugal. According to Snopes, “the prepackaged MEO data plans apply only to mobile broadband usage and are add-ons to, not substitutes for, metered plans offering full internet access.”
The way the infograph had been presented, by this website and others, was intended to be an apples-to-apples comparison for what the average internet user could be facing under the new net neutrality regulations the FCC is anticipated to adopt later this month. But if those new regulations are enacted, the belief is that the internet could be divvied up into packages – a sports package, a social media package, a streaming package, etc — as the infographic depicts for users in Portugal. As Snopes notes, MEO “offers a mobile data plan enabling users to add extra gigabytes of usage bundled by app and content types.”
I apologize for the error. This net neutrality stuff is messy but that’s substitute for more robust checking and research. Thanks to Chris for pointing it out.