T-Mobile CEO Says ‘Sorry’ for Hurling F-Bomb at EFF

Although T-Mobile CEO John Legere regularly laces his public comments with f-bombs and other colorful language, he seems to have realized that he took things too far by asking "who the f . . ." the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks it is.

In an open letter posted on the company's Web site yesterday, Legere reiterated his support for Net neutrality and apologized to EFF and its supporters over their criticism of T-Mobile's "Binge On" video streaming service, which critics have said is nothing more than "throttling."

Introduced in November, Binge On automatically slows down streaming rates for video content to DVD, rather than HD, quality on T-Mobile customers' devices, which reduces the amount of data they consume. It also enables zero-rated streaming from official Binge On partner providers, which means their video content doesn't count toward customers' monthly data limits.

Last week, EFF released the results of tests it conducted that concluded Binge On is throttling -- that is, restricting streaming and download speeds -- rather than optimizing video content. After its results were published, Legere posted an online rebuttal that said Binge On critics were "playing semantics" by labeling the service as throttling. He also released a video asking, "who the f . . . are you anyway, EFF?"

'WeAreEFF' Twitter Storm

Legere's outburst set off a stream of tweets under the hashtag #WeAreEFF, with many users noting their longtime support for the organization. Video startup Slidefuse also posted an image of a notice declaring that it was withdrawing its 4Stream.TV service from the Binge On program.

In a follow-up blog post yesterday, Legere said he wanted to "clarify a few things" and offered an apology to EFF and its supporters, noting that "Binge On is a very 'pro' Net neutrality capability."

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