AT&T's decision to only allow Mobile Share plan subscribers access to Apple's FaceTime over cellular has caused quite a ruckus amongst net neutrality advocates. Shortly after Public Knowledge issued a statement saying that the carrier is "violating the FCC's Open Internet Rules," Free Press has taken action and urges citizens to sign a petition directed at the Federal Communications Commission, which reads as follows:
Dear FCC Commissioners,
AT&T just announced it’s blocking the FaceTime video calling app on its customers’ iPhones unless they subscribe to a more expensive text-and-voice plan.
This is a clear violation of Net Neutrality and of your own Open Internet rules. AT&T knows that if it can get the FCC to condone this kind of Net Neutrality violation, then they can get away with just about anything.
I urge you to put a stop to AT&T's anti-consumer and anti-Net Neutrality actions.
In its appeal, Free Press goes on to list why the policy hurts consumers, while also addressing the larget market implications, should the plans continue. The media advocacy group has previously testified in front of Congress on similar issues and even helped pen The Declaration of Internet Freedom.