Apple, AT&T Under Fire from FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sent a letter to Apple, AT&T and Google Friday as the commission began its investigation of Apple’s App Store and the rejection process for apps, reported CNET.

Apple has rejected the Google Voice application and removed third-party applications connected to the application that had been previously approved.

The FCC has questioned why the Google Voice app had been rejected, whether Apple consulted AT&T in the rejection process, whether AT&T usually has a role in the rejection process, why the Google Voice app warrants rejection, what other applications have been rejected, how apps are approved, and by what standards, reported the Washington Post.

Wireless telephone companies must answer to the FCC if they intend to provide telephone service in the United States, reported CNNMoney.

CNNMoney reported that the Google Voice application began in 2005 under the company GrandCentral, which offered a single lifetime phone number that would ring all of the user’s phones – home, cell, work, etc. The service would also put voice messages in a single voice mailbox on the web. Google purchased GrandCentral in 2007 and released a new version of the service with some new features. The new service was renamed Google Voice.

CNNMoney also reported that David Pogue said, in his New York Times review: “If Google search revolutionized the Web, and Gmail revolutionized free e-mail, then one thing’s for sure: Google Voice, unveiled Thursday, will revolutionize telephones.”


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