How Apple, AT&T Are Closing the Mobile Web

A growing chorus claims that Apple's questionable approval policy for its iPhone application store raises issues with net neutrality.

Free Press, a group that advocates the idea of an open internet - that is, one in which consumers have the right to browse the web and run internet applications without restrictions - is the latest of several organizations to call out Apple for its inconsistencies. Free Press alleges that Apple crippled SlingPlayer, a TV-streaming application for iPhone, so that it would only work on a Wi-Fi connection; the initial version worked with a 3G cellular network connection as well as Wi-Fi. The SlingPlayer restriction is inconsistent with Apple's approval of the Major League Baseball application, which provides live-streaming of sports events on both Wi-Fi and 3G connections, the group said.

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