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AT&T Taken to Task Over FaceTime Blocking

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Sep 18, 2012, 9:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Public interest groups, including Free Press, Public Knowledge, and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, have indicated to AT&T that they will file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over AT&T's FaceTime over cellular policies. AT&T said last month that it will not allow iOS 6 devices to connect FaceTime video chats over its 3G/4G cellular networks unless those customers subscribe to its mobile share data plans. FaceTime video chats can still be conducted for free over Wi-Fi. AT&T defended this decision by suggesting that FaceTime is a preloaded app and thereby not subjet to the FCC's net neutrality rules regarding third-party app blocking. AT&T also believes that its "open and transparent" policy exempts it from net neutrality stipulations. The public interest groups disagree, and believe AT&T is violating net neutrality rules. "AT&T's decision to block FaceTime unless a customer pays for voice and text minutes she doesn’t need is a clear violation of the FCC's Open Internet rules," said Free Press Policy Director Matt Wood. "AT&T's actions are incredibly harmful to all of its customers, including the deaf, immigrant families, and others with relatives overseas, who depend on mobile video apps to communicate with friends and family." Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers will be able to make FaceTime calls over cellular networks as well as via Wi-Fi without incurring extra fees.

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Freedom to switch thejonnotjohn Sep 18, 2012, 9:20 AM
Does anyone actually use Facetime? T Bone Sep 18, 2012, 9:36 AM
AT&T might... johnhr2 Sep 18, 2012, 9:16 AM
What Ever Happened To The Open Handset Alliance? MadFatMan Sep 18, 2012, 11:19 AM
The fact AT&T has to bring up WiFi to tapdance around this... bluecoyote Sep 18, 2012, 11:31 AM
what about google wallet blocking?? netboy Sep 18, 2012, 9:48 AM
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