AT&T Blocking Video Chats in Google Hangouts
against the law to do this? i could be totally wrong, but i thought that providers couldn't discriminate against certain types of data traffic on their networks
No it's not against the law... It all has to do with the fact that it's "preloaded" onto the phone. It's not preloaded on iOS therefore it will work. It's because of the way ATT has their network set up, you have to be on a currently offered tiered data plan and have your acc enabled for facetime over cellular before you can do it over the cellular data network.
It's like mandating the Post Office always charge the same rate for first class mail regardless of the size or weight of the package being sent.....demanding that the charge for sending 1,000 lb package be no higher than the cost of sending a postcard....it's ridiculous.,
Some websites are more demanding than others...checking your email doesn't use as much bandwidth as streaming from Netflix...the notion that ISP's shouldn't treat heavy traffic differently than light traffic is absurd.
They shouldn't be allowed to block web traffic since we are paying for it, if I go over my limit I'll pay the fee. But if i'm using more than my share of bandwidth then throttled me until I'm not hogging bandwidth.
Neutrality is not a stupid idea, they should allow for us to use the internet they way we see fit. But make us pay for our share since we have data limits. Like if I go to a post office and send a 100 lb package is should cost more than the person next to me sending a postcard. Let me use the post office to send what I want, but make me pay for it.
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