AT&T says that the use of peer-to-peer software is grounds for disconnecting customers from its wireless internet service
“Use of a P2P file sharing application would constitute a material breach of contract for which the user’s service could be terminated,” Lobbyist Robert Quinn told an FCC officer at a hearing. From Multichannel:
Quinn said his company does not use “network management tools to block the use of P2P applications by its mobile wireless broadband customers.”
Instead, he said the company warns customers in writing that they would jeopardize their relationship with AT&T Wireless if they were caught using banned P2P applications.
“Under these terms of service, which are similar to those of other wireless providers, use of a P2P file sharing application would constitute a material breach of contract for which the user’s service could be terminated,” Quinn said.
The statement comes as the FCC is expected to sanction Comcast for the relatively minor transgression of slowing such traffic. It goes beyond mockery or willful disregard: it’s a flat declaration that the FCC is completely powerless to enforce principles related to network neutrality.