Thursday, August 23, 2012

AT&T Says it doesn't Violate Net Neutrality with its Facetime Policy

A blog post by Bob Quinn (pictured), SVP Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T claims that AT&T does not violate FCC' Net Neutrality rules when it will block Facetime over 3G for customers not subscribed to the shared data plans (here).

"Providers of mobile broadband Internet access service are subject to two net neutrality requirements: (1) a transparency requirement pursuant to which they must disclose accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of their broadband Internet access services; and (2) a no-blocking requirement under which they are prohibited, subject to reasonable network management, from blocking applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services.

AT&T’s plans for FaceTime will not violate either requirement. Our policies regarding FaceTime will be fully transparent to all consumers, and no one has argued to the contrary.

There is no transparency issue here. Nor is there a blocking issu

Read the awkward reasoning for the latter at - "Enabling Facetime Over Our Mobile Broadband Networks" - here.

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