By The Hill Staff - 12/18/09 12:33 PM EST
"Operation Chokehold" calls on iPhone owners to use bandwidth-heavy applications for an hour today, starting at noon Pacific Time--3 p.m. EasternTime. The point? To slow AT&T's network to a crawl to teach AT&T some strange lesson.
AT&T has called the scheme "irresponsible and pointless" and says there is "nothing amusing about advocating that customers attempt to deliberately degrade service on a network that provides critical communications services for more than 80 million customers."
The FCC doesn't find it amusing either, telling ABC News that it poses a public safety danger. An FCC spokesman urged customers to use "common sense and good judgement."
Either way, even pacifist iPhone users should expect some erratic service today.