AT&T's recent decision require a Mobile Share plan to access FaceTime over cellular caused a significant outcry from net neutrality supporters Public Knowledge and Free Press, which claim that the company's policy violates the FCC's Open Internet rules. Despite appeals from both groups, AT&T's senior vice president of regulatory affairs Bob Quinn has vocally defended the carrier's position, and denies the claim that the policy violates FCC rules. Here's the latest on what may turn out to be an important battle for the future of wireless net neutrality in the United States.
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Free Press, Public Knowledge, and the Open Technology Institute have announced plans to file a formal complaint with the FCC over AT&T's decision to block FaceTime except for those who pay for its Mobile Share plans.
Vodafone UK requires customers to have a VoIP add-on to use FaceTime over 3G on its network.
Verizon has told the New York Times that it will allow iPhone users to make FaceTime calls over cellular for no additional charge.
AT&T posted a pointed justification of its decision to place restrictions on FaceTime over cellular earlier today, with the carrier's VP of regulatory affairs saying that people "rushed to judgement" on their possible violation of the FCC's Open Internet regulations — but internet groups have already responded critically to AT&T's predictable defense
Free Press wants you to sign a petition explaining to the FCC that AT&T's FaceTime policy attacks net neutrality.
Public Knowledge says that AT&T's new restrictions on FaceTime over cellular are in violation of FCC rules, but that may not be the case.
AT&T has announced that Facetime over cellular, a new feature in iOS 6, will require a Mobile Share plan to use.
9to5Mac has acquired screenshots from a recently-released beta version of iOS 6 that seem to show FaceTime over cellular networks requiring additional fees.