Free Press Launches a Petition against AT&T's FaceTime Rules
AT&T previously announced that it wonít be charging for the 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 back in August. This meant that AT&T customers on the older tiered data plans and the unlimited data plans werenít eligible for the free FaceTime over cellular feature. At the time, open internet groups such as Public Knowledge and Free Press felt that AT&Tís controversial data plan requirement to allow FaceTime on their network in iOS 6 was violated F.C.C. rules.
In September, Free Press, Public Knowledge and New America Foundationís Open Technology Institute informed AT&T that they will be filing a complaint with the F.C.C. for its illegal activities. Due to the threats of F.C.C. complaints and widespread public outcry, AT&T recently announced
that it will be allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data plans earlier this week. Unfortunately customers with the grandfathered unlimited data plans are still not eligible though.
As a result of this, Free Press has now launched a petition to allow customers with the unlimited data plans to speak out against AT&Tís practices, which it says is still in violation of the law and the broader principles of Net Neutrality. The petition site carriers a banner that says ďAT&T: Your World Blocked.Ē As of right now, the site has roughly 105,000 comments and counting. If you are interested in joining the petition, you can do so by clicking here
Source: Free Press