This is huge news. This announcement from AT&T means that third part voice providers will be able to send there VoIP traffic over their mobile wireless device. This is a giant leap for Net Neutrality(Click on the link to read more)! Thank you Obama. When critics say you haven’t accomplished anything as of October 2009 except spend a lot of money, I can say they are crazy. The FCC’s pressure has been crucial on getting companies like Comcast and AT&T to abandon their crooked packet shaping and filtering schemes.
In the case of Comcast they were reducing the priority of Bit Torrent(popular file sharing protocol) packets at peak hours to avoid congestion on their networks. However, Comcast marketing in the Seattle area suggest speeds of 11-15 MB/s, with no Data Cap. I think it is disingenuous to throttle down Bit Torrent while marketing faster download speeds than DSL. It’s disgusting. I’m glad the FCC stepped in.
AT&T wireless pulls a similar stunt. You pay for unlimited Internet access from your mobile device, but they disallow tethering(connecting laptop to phones Internet connection unless you pay extra) and until this week blocked VoIP(Voice over Internet Protocol) over their IP network. This is a quote from a press release today Oct. 7, 2009:
I wouldn’t call filtering your competitors voice traffic, “…intensely-competitive…”. Obviously they figure they can make more money if they force your voice calls out of their own cellular network.
With a Wireless connection to the Internet you can use any VoIP service available. If Google voice is allowing free calls any time and AT&T wants to charge you $69.99 for 1000 ‘any time’ minutes which would you choose? The last thing Comcast, AT&T, and Qwest want is intense competition. Sorry, no one is buying into that lie. $69.99 for 1000 ‘any time’ minutes might be a great deal, but only if the last decade had never happened. Further in the same AT&T Press Release:
AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega is quoted in the same release with this comment,
Yeah… that really worked well for the American banking system. Bypassing Net Neutrality will be one of the primary vehicles used by telco’s to protect their pseudo monopolies. With packet filtering and traffic shaping they can force customers do purchase services that would otherwise be available in a free market on the Internet. In past years
The FCC crack down on AT&T Wireless means I will soon be able to connect my Asterisk Phone System at my office to my iPhone. This has huge implications for future customers at VoiceIP Solutions. Now we can be at work all the time! Sounds great doesn’t it? Well at the very least, more convenient(depending on how much you love your job!!).