UPDATE: Rep. Justin Amash's amendment to the defense appropriations bill, which would have cut funding for the National Security Agency's phone-record-collection program, just lost by a vote of 217–205. Don't be upset — this is an AMAZING moment.
2012 was a huge year for Internet freedom.
We stopped SOPA and PIPA. We forced AT&T to relent when it blocked the FaceTime video-calling app. We stopped the march toward privacy-killing cybersecurity legislation. And we put forward a vision of Internet freedom for all.
In a major about-face, AT&T has decided to give more iPhone users access to mobile FaceTime without forcing them to upgrade to more expensive plans.
But our work isn’t over yet. If we keep pushing, we can get AT&T to open up FaceTime to everyone.
Last week, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 and with it, its updated mobile operating system, iOS 6. While Apple fans were busy inhaling details like the new screen size, better camera lens and thinner body, Free Press made sure people knew about another feature: AT&T’s intent to block mobile FaceTime for iPhone and iPad users.
AT&T’s FaceTime blocking is especially frustrating to me. I am profoundly deaf. For me and my family, mobile FaceTime offers the promise of a seamless, one-touch communications solution that will allow me to communicate in my natural language, American Sign Language.