Free Press Launches Petition Site Over AT&T’s Controversial FaceTime Rules


Back in August, AT&T announced that it won’t be charging for FaceTime over cellular feature in iOS 6, but will require customers to be on one of its new Mobile Share data plans to be able to use the feature. This meant that that AT&T customers on the older tiered data plans and the unlimited data plans were not eligible for the free FaceTime over cellular feature.

At that time, open internet groups such as Public Knowledge and Free Press felt that AT&T’s controversial data plan requirement to allow FaceTime on their network in iOS 6 was violating F.C.C rules.

In September, Free Press, Public Knowledge and New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute informed AT&T that they will be filing a complaint with the F.C.C for its illegal activities.

Due to these threats of F.C.C complaints and widespread public outcry, AT&T announced that it will be allowing Facetime over cellular for all tiered plans earlier in the week. Unfortunately, customers with the grandfathered unlimited data plans were still not eligible.

Free Press has now launched a petition site to allow customers with the unlimited data plans to speak out against AT&T’s practices, which it says is still in violation of the law and the broader principles of Net Neutrality.


The petition site carriers a banner “AT&T: Your World Blocked.” At the time of writing this post there were already more than 9700 comments. So if you would like to join the petition, click on this link.

Via: Tuaw

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