Public Interest Groups Accuse MetroPCS of Blocking Content

Paul Lilly

MetroPCS has managed to piss off a bunch of public interest groups for violating the FCC's Net neutrality rules by blocking select Internet content, CNet reports .

Representatives from the Center for Media Justice, Free Press, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, and sent a joint letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski complaining that MetroPCS is blocking or capping access to popular Internet applications and services, including Skype, Google Voice, and Netflix.

"MetroPCS appears to be in violation of the Commission's recently adopted Internet rules," the letter states. "Although these rules have not yet taken effect, the Commission must not use this as an excuse to ignore or delay action on MetroPCS's harmful practices."

The letter's authors say that even if MetroPCS claims it needs to limit VoIP services for its lowest service plan as a form of "reasonable network management," that argument should be dismissed.

"VoIP services require little bandwidth to operate, and contribute little congestion to broadband networks," the letter states. "Furthermore, the MetroPCS plans permit unlimited YouTube viewing, which (even if compressed) likely requires more bandwidth and creates more congestion than many VoIP communications."

You can read the full letter here (PDF) .

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