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AT&T calls anti-video TOS an "error"

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Fri April 3, 2009

ATT Retracts Cell TOS

AT&T tonight has quickly backtracked on its controversial new terms of service for cellphones that would ban video on 3G and the rest of its cellular network. In a statement delivered to Electronista, the company claims that the posting was made "in error" and that it has since been removed in favor of an earlier agreement. No mention was made as to whether any of the terms were likely to return in the future.

While the motivation behind the quick retraction is unclear, the policies had already triggered a hostile reaction from critics. The new agreement was ostensibly made to bar illegal video streams over peer-to-peer or to rebroadcast a live feed of commercial TV, but its wording would have effectively banned the use of Slingbox media hubs used to view a customer's own TV and would theoretically have barred viewing legal video sites using fixed sources, like Hulu or TV.com.

Video is already partly regulated on the network, as devices like the iPhone are often required to stream certain video services on Wi-Fi or else to reduce the bitrate.




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  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Another perfect example..

    Corporations lie, lie, lie, right up to the moment that they decide that telling the truth is in their better interest. Like YouTube, they were simply testing the waters to see how strong the reaction against a policy that they wanted, but already knew they couldn't have, would be. The testing isn't the problem, the lying about it is. That dishonesty is part of the corruption of America's basic value system that is destroying the country. Boycott such companies.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: another perfect

    Um, if you boycott such companies, who can you do business with? I guess you'll have no phone, no internet, no computers, no television or media of any kind. In fact, you'll be lucky to be able to find food to put on your table.

    And what is the lie? That it was posted 'in error'? What deems that a lie. Stuff gets posted in error all the time. Apple's xserves were outed because a page was posted in error.

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