FCC Boss: 'We Will Act' On AT&T Facetime Complaints
Assuming Good Faith Negotiations Fail
by Karl Bode 09:16AM Wednesday Sep 26 2012 Tipped by en103
Consumer groups have been hitting AT&T hard
recently for their decision to block Facetime over cellular unless users sign up for one of their new shared data plans (complete with $15 per gigabyte overage fees), claiming the move violates the FCC's new loophole-filled network neutrality rules. For what it's worth, FCC boss Julius Genachowski yesterday stated that once a proper complaint from consumer groups has been filed, and if good faith negotiations "doesn't lead to a resolution and a complaint is filed, we will exercise our responsibilities and we will act
." AT&T had originally claimed that that meddling with the app did not violate net neutrality
because it came pre-loaded on the device. Since then however the normally-chatty-on-policy-issues AT&T has been dead quiet, suggesting that maybe their excuse isn't quite the solid legal bedrock they had originally hoped.
Re: Why is this different than tethering?
said by rradina:its not, its all data either way you look at it, they want you to pay more for it and the plan, in other words AT$T is doing the old saying (double dip)
A few years back when the iPhone/AT&T (not sure who had to update/permit what) finally started offering tethering, I had to give up my unlimited plan because I wanted tethering. I still have that plan and the 4GB, use-it-any-way-I-want-to, monthly limit.
Facetime and tethering probably have similar bandwidth appetites so I'm not sure why anyone believes the Facetime debacle is different than tethering.
Now what I do think is ridiculous is if those with tethering packages cannot use Facetime on their phone when they could do so on their tethered MacBook Pro/Air devices. That's insanity.
I don't know if cellular data app size download limits still apply but that restriction is equally ridiculous. In the Summer of 2011, I wanted to download a Yellowstone park map app and I couldn't over cellular data because the app was over 20MB. However, I had three kids with iPod Touch devices tethered to my phone. I had one of them download it which, of course, was permitted because the HotSpot looks like wireless to another device.