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  • 2013: The Year in Internet Freedom

    December 16, 2013
    To say that 2013 was just another year in the struggle to protect our online rights is quite the understatement. When the history of the Internet is written, 2013 will be considered one epic year.
  • AT&T, Verizon and the NSA: Suspicious Silence

    July 24, 2013
    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.
  • The Series of Tubes: AT&T's Up to Its Old Tricks

    May 17, 2013
    AT&T is at it again, blocking the open Internet and finding devious new ways to stomp on innovation, nickel-and-dime its customers and add to its ever-growing profits.
  • Have You No Sense of Decency, AT&T?

    February 28, 2013
    AT&T — always looking out for the little guy, always thinking of ways to ensure we get great service for affordable prices. Um. Not.
  • Yo, AT&T: Stop Bullying Us

    January 25, 2013

    AT&T customers are mad as hell — and by the looks of it, they’re not going to take it anymore.

    Back in August, the company announced that it would block iPhone users from accessing the FaceTime video calling app unless they subscribed to more expensive voice-and-text plans. Bedlam ensued.

  • AT&T: More Barriers. In More Devices.

    January 18, 2013

    AT&T is caving. Sort of.

    When the iPhone 5 launched last year, Apple announced that FaceTime, its video calling application, would now work over mobile networks.

    This was great news, especially for people who depend on video calling to communicate. But then AT&T blocked its customers from using FaceTime over its network.

  • Deck the Halls With Internet Freedom

    December 20, 2012
    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 Your FaceTime, AT&T

    November 14, 2012
    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.
  • AT&T's FaceTime Blocking: There's a Complaint for That

    September 18, 2012

    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 Puts the Screws to Its Deaf Customers

    September 11, 2012
    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.

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