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Increased Mobile Use by Blacks Fuels Free Data Usage Controversy, FCC Threatens Action

By Hazel Trice Edney

 

African American business executive text messaging on cell phone

African American business executive text messaging on cell phone

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – It is a rare conversation in Black America. Phrases like “sponsored data” and “zero rated programs” and “free data” are simply not bread and butter issues like the more familiar “quality education,” “criminal justice,” and “health care,” among others.

Yet, synonymous with the rise of mobile phone and data use among African-Americans and other people of color, a quiet controversy is rumbling behind the scenes that does in fact involve a bread and butter issue – economic justice. The question is whether some of the largest and most recognized names in tech and telecom, such as Facebook, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, should be embracing new business models that give consumers additional data at no additional charge.

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