Fake Steve Calls for AT&T Customer Network Protest, AT&T Calls It “Irresponsible”

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Hot on the heels of a rant about AT&T and the state of American industry, Fake Steve Jobs is calling on AT&T customers to try and bring the company's mobile network down for an hour. AT&T issued a response Tuesday calling the move a "totally irresponsible."

In the guise of the idea originating with (Fake) Apple's engineers, Fake Steve Jobs suggested that customers find data-intensive apps to run for one hour, beginning at 12:00 PM PDT on December 18th, 2010.

"Our engineers are friggin livid," FSJ wrote in a blog entry called 'Operation Chokehold'. "And, because they're engineers, which means they’re basically evil little pricks, they've come up with a plan to teach AT&T a lesson."

To that end, he encouraged readers to organize in his comments, and many have done just that discussing data-intensive apps and strategies to saturate the company's network.

AT&T, needless to say, is not taking kindly to the idea. In a statement issued to Cult of Mac, the company said:

"We understand that fakesteve.net is primarily a satirical forum, but 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. We know that the vast majority of customers will see this action for what it is: an irresponsible and pointless scheme to draw attention to a blog."

The biggest reason for dissent on Operation Chokehold is the potential for emergency calls to be blocked, above and beyond the practical reality that only AT&T's customers are likely to be harmed by a successful event.

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2 Comments

NeXTLoop

While I’m no fan of AT&T… I have to agree that this is irresponsible.

rjackb

I AM a fan of AT&T since their coverage is outstanding both where I live and travel but agree that this idea is completely irresponsible. What, really, is the point? The instigator obviously has no clue as to what is really involved in developing and maintaining a cell network so he/she are only demonstrating their ignorance.

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