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09-18-12, 10:30 AM
A coalition of liberal advocacy groups has announced plans to challenge AT&T's policy of blocking FaceTime video chat over its cellular network. AT&T has insisted (http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/08/att-defends-facetime-decision-there-is-no-net-neutrality-violation/) that the policy does not raise network neutrality concerns, characterizing the uproar over the policy as "another knee-jerk reaction" by the consumer groups. Three of those groupsā??Free Press, Public Knowledge, and the New America Foundation's Open Technology Instituteā??are planning to make the knee-jerking official with a formal complaint to the Federal Communications Commission.

AT&T customers have always been able to use FaceTime over WiFi networks. Under AT&T's new policy, announced (http://attpublicpolicy.com/fcc/enabling-facetime-over-our-mobile-broadband-network/) last month, users will also be able to use FaceTime with its "Mobile Share" data plans. And users will be able to use other video sharing apps on non-Mobile Share data plans. But if you want to use FaceTime and you've got a non-Mobile Share data plan, you're limited to WiFi.

That, the objecting groups say, violates the FCC's Open Internet Order. "By blocking FaceTime, AT&T is harming its users and holding back mobile innovation," Public Knowledge attorney John Bergmayer said in an emailed statement. He described AT&T's policy as "illegal" and declared that "Public Knowledge intends to follow the process the FCC established to make sure AT&T follows the law."

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