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  • AT&T Goes After Google Again

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    While most iPhone users were too distracted by their long-awaited MMS service on Friday to even notice, AT&T went after Google once again yesterday.

    In a letter to the FCC, AT&T accused Google of violating the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.
    Apple asked federal regulators to stop Google Inc.ís voice application from "improperly" blocking telephone calls to some rural areas.

    Saying that the FCC should ďorder Google to play by the same rules as its competitors,Ē AT&T claimed that Google saves substantial sums of money by blocking calls - a practice traditional carriers are not prohibited to employ.

    According to the report by Reuters:
    The FCC in 2007 prohibited traditional carriers from blocking calls because it said the practice might degrade the reliability of telecommunications networks.
    The letter by AT&T comes as the FCC continues investigating why Apple didnít approve the Google Voice app for the iPhone, which uses AT&T as its sole wireless carrier in the US. Apple, however, says itís "still considering the application."

    Only hours after the complaint was filed by AT&T in a highly detailed, nuanced, border-line nitpicky fashion, Google's legal counsel responded to the accusations.

    In a blog entry on Friday, Google acknowledged that Google Voice restricts some calls to those areas but said it isn't bound by the laws that force traditional carriers to connect those calls. Google Voice isn't intended to be a replacement for traditional phone service and requires a wired or wireless line from an operator
    With the recent war of words that has taken place between these warring factions, it has become increasingly difficult to separate the serious from the supercilious. The discerning insight, however, at Free Press - a group that has pushed for "stronger net neutrality protections" - told Reuters that the rules AT&T alludes to "apply only to Internet access providers and not to applications such as Google Voice."

    AT&T's letter "appears to be a political stunt to distract attention from the important work the FCC has begun on Network Neutrality," Free Press said in a statement.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Goes After Google Again started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Ajblue7's Avatar
      Ajblue7 -
      When this first started i said why restrict it theres already google earth in appstore, so there is obviously no company war, and with this new information it shows that apple was only protecting its customers.
    1. e10100's Avatar
      e10100 -
      I just want to know why Apple doesn't let Google have their voice .
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Whoa, whoa, whoa, now any of us "adults" here clearly remember AT&T lobbying to only serve certain areas and NOT serving rural areas to save money. They ended up losing the lawsuits and having to cover all areas even though they were trying not to do it. This was just last year people. Not cell service, actual home service. Look it up.

      This is AT&T crying in their bucket because they were regulated as HOME service, not cell service. Google is also not a phone company and AT&T is grabbing at straws.
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      I didn't read the story but I have to say that is an awesome graphic X-D.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      these are the days of our lives!
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      why can't we all just get along?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Always about the money.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      Whoa, whoa, whoa, now any of us "adults" here clearly remember AT&T lobbying to only serve certain areas and NOT serving rural areas to save money. They ended up losing the lawsuits and having to cover all areas even though they were trying not to do it. This was just last year people. Not cell service, actual home service. Look it up.

      This is AT&T crying in their bucket because they were regulated as HOME service, not cell service. Google is also not a phone company and AT&T is grabbing at straws.
      Great point and thanks for refreshing our memories one1! I can't agree with you more!

      Love the graphic for this thread also! Its awesome!
    1. RavingNoodle's Avatar
      RavingNoodle -
      Lol. There's also something else here. AT&T charges for their service and Google doesn't. AT&T is a phone and internet company and whatever else. Google does advertising and other jazz that are free. Yeah.
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      If it's free , it's for me !
    1. DayumQuitPlayin's Avatar
      DayumQuitPlayin -
      I LOL'd at that graphic.

      I'm sure that's EXACTLY how AT&T feel towards Google haha

      -Ninja
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      The power struggle continues
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      love the graphic lol