Open Internet groups are banding together against AT&T for its new policy on Apple's FaceTime application, and they say that they will take the fight directly to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a formal complaint. They claim that AT&T forcing customers to sign up for a new shared data plan to use the popular video to video call app violates net neutrality rules. AT&T changed its policy because FaceTime used to be a Wi-Fi only app but recent changes in the program now allow it to work over phone networks.
Free Press, Public Knowledge, and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute told AT&T this week that they will file a complaint with the FCC for violating network 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," Free Press Policy Director Matt Wood said. "It’s particularly outrageous that AT&T is requiring this for iPad users, given that this device isn’t even capable of making voice calls. 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."
Source: GIGA OM