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AT&T is using the data caps that it imposes on its home broadband subscribers to disadvantage competitors to AT&T Wireless.
The AT&T 3G MicroCell acts as a miniature cell tower that can be used to supplement and improve cell phone service for voice calls or data applications. However, AT&T is exempting data from AT&T Wireless MicroCells from the data caps it imposes on its wireless home broadband users. This is similar to Comcast's decision last year to exempt its own online video service from its data cap.
The following can be attributed to Michael Weinberg, Vice President:
"AT&T is egregiously abusing data caps to give its own services advantages over competitors. There is no reason why AT&T should treat AT&T Wireless MicroCell data different than any other data - including data from a Verizon or Sprint MicroCell - on a subscriber's home connection.
"Internet service providers should not be able to use data caps anti-competitively. When providers give preferential treatment to data associated with their services, they undermine competition and inhibit innovation. This is precisely the type of discrimination at the core of the net neutrality debate. The FCC and, if necessary, Congress must take steps to end data cap abuse.