Sign This Petition to Prevent AT&T From Restricting FaceTime Over 3G

Posted August 21, 2012 at 9:43pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 30276 views

A petition has been started that asks the FCC to prevent AT&T from forcing users onto a more expensive data plan to use FaceTime over 3G.

Free Press started the petition and the letter reads:

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.

John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge says, "By blocking FaceTime for many of its customers, AT&T is violating the FCC's Open Internet rules. These rules state that mobile providers shall not 'block applications that compete with the provider's voice or video telephony services.' Although carriers are permitted to engage in 'reasonable network management,' there is no technical reason why one data plan should be able to access FaceTime, and another not.

"'Over-the-top' communications services like FaceTime are a threat to carriers' revenue, but they should respond by competing with these services and not by engaging in discriminatory behavior."

Please sign the petition at the link below...

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digitalguy - September 20, 2012 at 11:48pm
type this in browser to sign and send this to as many people as you can
Ali - August 23, 2012 at 1:28am
How do i sign this
TTTony - August 22, 2012 at 6:18pm
Just jailbreak your phone and be done with this ordeal
danka - August 23, 2012 at 2:36pm
yup...My3G works for hours of elevating the issue with the top tiered reps at ATT
danka - August 22, 2012 at 2:21pm
I am hearing impaired and so far the TAP program which allowed deaf and hearing iPhone users to use Facetime over the AT&T cellular network for the past 2 + years has been pulled. This is not only unethical but illegal under the Disability Act.
PineappleSauce - August 22, 2012 at 1:30am
Ok, here is a watered down version of ShutUpFools. If carriers spent billions of dollars to buy frequencies from FCC, do you think they will give it to you for free? Even you have to pay for DSL every month to enjoy WiFi in your home, right? Apple, the maker of FaceTime app, by a new proposal from the industries, should negotiate with carriers to foot the bill. Give the consumers freedom, they surely will use or abuse it.
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