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09-26-2009, 11:52 AM #1
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.
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
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.
09-26-2009, 11:56 AM #2
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.
09-26-2009, 12:07 PM #3
I just want to know why Apple doesn't let Google have their voice .
Hit "Thanks" if I helped
09-26-2009, 12:09 PM #4
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.Screw #Winning, I'm #Juanning
iMac 27" i5 quad 2.8Ghz (1TB), MacBook Pro 17" 2.6, iPhone 4s
09-26-2009, 12:18 PM #5
09-26-2009, 12:47 PM #6
these are the days of our lives!Originally Posted by ??????
09-26-2009, 01:30 PM #7
why can't we all just get along?Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
- Popular Mechanics, 1949
09-26-2009, 03:05 PM #8
Always about the money.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
09-26-2009, 04:10 PM #9
09-26-2009, 04:47 PM #10
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.
09-26-2009, 05:48 PM #11
If it's free , it's for me !
09-26-2009, 07:11 PM #12
I LOL'd at that graphic.
I'm sure that's EXACTLY how AT&T feel towards Google haha
09-28-2009, 10:12 AM #13
The power struggle continuesThis is getting a lil' ridiculous...
10-02-2009, 04:18 PM #14
love the graphic lol