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Background: The following statement is in response to Randall Stephenson’s statement in Aspen that “it’s too early to talk about pricing” for using FaceTime, Apple’s built-in video chat feature.
The following statement can be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge:
"If AT&T intends to charge users an extra fee to use FaceTime over cellular networks, this would be a clear violation of the FCC’s open Internet rules. The whole point of these rules is to keep companies like AT&T from charging twice for the same data service. AT&T is entitled to charge a fair price for its data contract, but it is not entitled to double dip and charge a new fee for someone else’s good idea.
"AT&T should take note of the widespread outrage to these rumors and walk back any plans it may have to double charge users for using their iPhones."