FCC to Looking into AT&T FaceTime Restrictions

Posted by at 10:35 am on September 26, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate if a formal complaint is filed against AT&T over its FaceTime restrictions, according to chairman Julius Genachowski. He tells The Verge that if an effort to resolve the problem earlier “doesn’t lead to a resolution and a complaint is filed, we [the FCC] will exercise our responsibilities and we will act.” AT&T has come under fire for limiting cellular FaceTime calls, a feature built into iOS 6, to costly Mobile Share subscriptions.

While AT&T has defended its strategy as within regulations, critics have argued that the carrier is violating the FCC’s Open Internet rules, which ban arbitrary limits to services over networks. Three groups — Free Press, Public Knowledge, and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute — have announced an intent to file a formal complaint, but have yet to do so.

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