Not content to have lost face with the loss of T-Mobile via acquisition, AT&T has come out with its rationale on why it will force people who want to use FaceTime over the 3G/4G/LTE network into a share plan, and in doing so, is getting just crucified in the press.
First off, AT&T and all the rest of the carriers provide ACCESS to the Internet. They don't provide the Internet. The real crux of the issue is that wth FaceTime pre-loaded, the AT&T network may literally melt at the backhaul level-that's the sending of the data from your phone to their network and even before they are it to the Internet. It's that simple.
But the effort by AT&T to manage and limit, who can use what today will not be only about FaceTime users. It will begin to impact Skype when it comes pre-loaded on Windows Mobiles, GoogleTalk on Android, as well.
Over in Spain MVNO Mas Movil says to customers, come to us. Use the apps you want. If you look at T-Mobile's move yesterday to go "really unlimited" they are positioning to get users over to their network, which in 2013 will have LTE. If at that time, T-Mobile gets to offer the iPhone, AT&T and Verizon will finally have some competition. Also, if Sprint comes out and says, use FaceTime on our network all you want, they too will have reasons to take users away.
To me this is more of a technology issue, being disguised as something else. But the FCC has not been loving AT&T the past year or so, and they may find out again there even less loved.