FCC to look at AT&T's FaceTime limits, says report
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission hinted that the commission would review complaints filed against AT&T over the iPhone video-chat feature, according to a report.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission made remarks today that indicate the agency may review complaints filed about AT&T's decision to limit the use of FaceTime video chat over its cell network, The Verge reported.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said he couldn't comment on AT&T specifically, but if efforts to resolve any disputes aren't resolved and a complaint is filed, "we will exercise our responsibilities and we will act."
An FCC representative confirmed to CNET that Genachowski made the comment during a question and answer session after a speech at Vox Media's offices in Washington, D.C.
AT&T and other carriers have been struggling with the issue of increasing data use from mobile users, a problem compounded by the rise of data-gobbling video-chat applications like Apple's FaceTime.
that users on its Mobile Share plan can run FaceTime over its cellular network, but other plans still require Wi-Fi to use the video service.
Internet advocates have questioned AT&T's ability to limit the use of the iPhone's FaceTime video-chat feature, saying the restrictions could go against Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibit mobile carriers from.
In the past, AT&T has defended its plan, saying it doesn't violate the FCC's rules.
Update, 10:33 p.m. PT: Adds more background.