Dan Lyons (aka Fake Steve Jobs) got AT&T’s attention this week and they’re not impressed, according to a story on MacRumors. Writing as Fake Steve Jobs, Lyons proposed to his readers a way to show AT&T how angry users were over its data network speeds. Fake Steve called it “Operation Chokehold.”
“On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees,” wrote Lyons on the Fake Steve blog. “The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. The idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!”
While most people know that Fake Steve is just a funny blog written in Lyon’s interpretation of how Steve Jobs would react to situations, AT&T doesn’t see the humor.
“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,” AT&T said in a statement. “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.”
Of course, in typical Fake Steve style, he responded to AT&T’s comment saying, “Irresponsible and pointless are pretty much all we do around here.”