The Media Access Project, Free Press, Center for Media Justice, New America Foundationâ€™s Open Technology Initiative, and Presente.org have filed a fomal complaintÂ against MetroPCS for violating net neutrality principles as a result of its recent service plan changes for its 4G LTE network.
The interest groups allege that by forcing a 1GB cap for access outside of the sites that MetroPCS deems acceptable for unlimited web access under the new service plans, the carrier is forcing unnecessary distinctions between sites and services.
MetroPCS has issued its own statement on the allegations and the complaint:
“The complaints about our new, pro-consumer, pro-competitive 4G LTE rate plans are erroneous. We continue to offer consumers a full service, unlimited data plan. These new rate plans comply with the FCC’s new rules on open mobile Internet.”
The FCC has stated that it will file a formal response by February 15th. The recent net neutrality rules put in place by the FCC exempt wireless carriers from the rules that were placed upon wired carriers concerning equal access of information, with multiple parties unsatisfied including the FCC, Verizon and Google.