Following AT&T’s announcement that FaceTime over cellular would be restricted to its Mobile Share Plans, the Federal Communications Commission’s chairman Julius Genachowski had confirmed that the FCC will be evaluating the decision.
In a conversation with the Verge, Genachowski alluded to his hopes of a “good-faith” solution to the problem. It appears that the FCC are looking to resolve this matter in a peaceful and productive manner, with hopefully, very little fuss, and very little drama. However, he did suggest that if such overtures did not lead to a resolution, then the FCC would “excersise its responsibilities” and act. In his statement he also claimed that the FCC’s Open INternet ruiles clearly prohibit the arbitrary limiting of a service like FaceTime over a specific network.
Recently, an attorney of advocacy group Public Knowledge ruled that At&T’s decision did in fact violate the Open Internet rules, and were therefore worthy of investigation.
But what do you think? Are AT&T acting within their rights? Or have they done wrong? Leave your comments below!