AT&T to Face Net Neutrality Complaint Regarding FaceTime Over Cellular Limitation

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    Late last month, we noted that net neutrality organization Public Knowledge had accused AT&T of violating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules in limiting use of the forthcoming FaceTime over Cellular feature in iOS 6 to customers on the carrier's new Mobile Share plans. AT&T responded to note that it was within its rights to block FaceTime over Cellular for customers on other plans because net neutrality regulations do not apply to apps that are preloaded on devices as seen with Apple's FaceTime app.

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    GigaOM now notes that Public Knowledge has banded together with Free Press and the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute to notify AT&T that they will indeed be filing a net neutrality complaint with the FCC over the issue.
    The press release is a required 10-day advance notice of the intended action, with the group saying that the complaint will be filed "in the coming weeks".

    Article Link: AT&T to Face Net Neutrality Complaint Regarding FaceTime Over Cellular Limitation
     
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    Hope AT&T either changes their choice, or pays for it! Greed at it's finest!
     
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    So what are the chances of AT&T actually giving people FaceTime who are not on the new shared data plans?
     
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    I am happy with AT&T and never had a complaint, but that is a crappy move on their part. It's our data to do with it what we please.
     
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    If they lose, they'll probably pass the cost onto us, like always. AT&T continues to pass these intolerable acts, and that didn't work out too well for the British.

    I hope to see their downfall in my lifetime. But they're still the only company that is decent in my area.
     
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    Dropped these @-holes over a decade ago and haven't looked back.
     
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    It's really not fair. AT&T wouldn't let us MMS now we can't FaceTime over cellular
     
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    This is so deserved. I'm glad someone is stepping in.
     
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    Can't AT&T just slow down the data connection on FaceTime calls, so as to make FaceTime unusable? Maybe so the video updates once every 10 seconds or so.

    There are ways around this that won't please anyone but AT&T.
     
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    Let's be realistic here. It's either that or we lose our grandfathered unlimited data and be forced to switch to the mobile share plan a la Verizon.

    Can't eat our cake and have it too.
     
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    I'm no fan of AT&T's BS on the matter, but this quote screams hyperbole.
    It's not like FaceTime is the only option out there.

    Go after AT&T and give them hell, but let's stick to the facts.
    The above quote is nothing more than emotional BS.

    Without a court order... slim to none.

    Really? AT&T had nothing to do with it. MMS was screw up because of the way Apple implemented on the iPhone.
     
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    Seems like that would be just as much of a violation of net neutrality, wouldn't it? Actually, it might even be a bigger violation if I'm understanding the regulation correctly. That said, there's a non-zero probability I'm woefully misinformed. :D
     
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    Seems scheisty that they throttle those with unlimited plans at 5GB and won't allow facetime. You get LIMITED data and they're telling you what you can do with it. Maybe just another way they pressure/entice you to switch off those pesky grandfathered plans (of which I have one and am not giving it up)
     
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    ****** YES. Hit them for the BS they have pulled with the unlimited plans too! OPEN UP YOUR SPECTRUM AT&T
     
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    I hope AT&T looses this one ... sick of AT&T screwing its customers by limiting the features (remember how long it took AT&T to support MMS, while the rest of the world was already enjoying it on the iPhone?)

    I am just afraid that if they are forced to allow it, that they will only allow it if I give up my unlimited data plan and switch to one of the stupid shared plans.
     
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    Well, the plan is not to kill AT&T, but to twist or bend their arm until they give up their evil ways of trying to milk their customers.
     
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    They'll justify raising their prices though if they lose.
     
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    AT&T official argument is that they can do this because it is a stock app and not a downloaded app? Maybe Apple should make a move and remove it from iOS6 and offer it as additional download ... Apple must also be sick of AT&T since they limit iPhone functionality for no good reason.
     

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