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T-Mobile CEO John Legere Apologizes to EFF Over 'Binge On' Fracas

The outspoken CEO is eating crow after flying off the handle last week in response to an EFF report painting T-Mobile in a negative light.
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The Web was ablaze last week after T-Mobile CEO John Legere loudly defended the company's controversial "Binge On" service against allegations that it amounted to throttling consumers' bandwidth. The always-outspoken Legere has now apologized to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, whose report set events off.

Related: T-Mobile's 'Binge On' Plan Is Plain Throttling, Claims EFF

"Binge On," introduced by the nation's third-largest carrier in November, prevents streaming video from counting toward users' data caps — but also reduces the quality of that video. An EFF report found that T-Mobile was in fact indiscriminate in throttling video, whether it was a "partner" site or not — possibly a violation of net neutrality.

In response, Legere raged at the EFF in a widely shared rant (NSFW language). He now regrets at least his tone, though he still insists "Binge On" is a user benefit, not a vice.

"I am a vocal, animated and sometimes foul mouthed CEO," Legere wrote Monday in a company blog post. "That means I will sometimes incite a bit of a 'social media riot', but I’m not going to apologize for that. I will however apologize for offending EFF and its supporters... we look forward to sitting down and talking with the EFF and that is a step we will definitely take."