Items tagged "Mobile Communication"

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Skype’s Crippled Verizon App and the Case for Wireless Net Neutrality

March 29, 2010 FCC , Mobile Communication , Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination , Reasonable Network Management

Last week we released a video (embedded above) illustrating how the potentially awesome Skype app for the Droid is actually an epic fail of a shell game. For those of you that missed it, the Verizon Wireless mobile version of Skype, the program that lets you make free and low cost calls over the Internet, actually uses Verizon’s voice network to make calls. Furthermore, it prevents you from connecting to a WiFi hotspot in order to use the Internet to connect.

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ALERT: FCC Fiddles While Text Messages Burn: Sprint Blocks Fundraising for Haiti

March 25, 2010 Choke Points , FCC , Mobile Communication , TXTSMS

Click Here to Tell The FCC To Protect Your Freedom to Text!

Today the New York Times reported that Sprint blocked Catholic Relief Services’ attempt to raise money to help victims of the Haitian earthquake. We filed a letter with the FCC explaining what happened, and urging the FCC to intervene. Unfortunately, this is not the first letter that PK has sent to the FCC about text messages being blocked.

The story is essentially this: shortly after the Haitian earthquake, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) moved in to help victims. Instead of using the “text to give” programs used by groups like the Red Cross (text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10), CRS decided to try a “text to call” program.

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AT&T Falls Back on “It’s All About Google” Strategy

September 25, 2009 AT&T , FCC , Mobile Communication , Network Neutrality , TXTSMS

For some years now, the opponents of Network Neutrality have had the same basic fallback strategy: When all else fails, make it about Google. So no surprise that AT&T, in a letter supposedly about the rather technical issue of "traffic pumping" opens with an attack on Google and Net Neutrality. Because if we have learned anything from our national healthcare debate, it is that it is more important to make this about how awful the other side is rather than debate the merits.

To clarify what is actually going on for those just tuning in. First, read this excellent summary of what "traffic pumping" is by Jonathan Lee.

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