Metro PCS rebuts accusations of net-neutrality violations
Metro PCS on Tuesday rebutted accusations by consumer groups that it was violating net-neutrality rules and sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission promising to respond to specific allegations.
In a statement to Post Tech, Metro PCS chief executive Roger Linquist wrote:
"The complaints about our new, pro-consumer, pro-competitive 4G LTE rate plans are erroneous. We continue to offer consumers a full service, unlimited data plan. We increased consumer choice by adding two new rate plans that are less expensive and enable consumers to select the service and content they want at a price point they can afford. These new rate plans comply with the FCC's new rules on open mobile Internet."
Consumer groups such as Free Press and Media Access Project wrote in a letter to the FCC that Metro PCS's tiered plans essentially provide all customers with access to certain services, such as YouTube, but make other sites, such as Netflix or Hulu, more expensive to access for customers in the most-basic tier of service. Moreover, the groups say that the Skype voice application has been blocked outright by Metro PCS, which would violate a provision of Internet access rules.
In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Tuesday, Metro PCS said it would make a "full and complete written response to the various assertions contained in the letter on or before February 11, 2011."
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