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FCC Jumps into Google Voice Fracas

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, August 3 2009

As writer Steven Johnson noted in a tweet, what's striking
about this Google Voice/iTunes situation is the alacrity with which the FCC jumped into the mix. What's also notable: in doing it, they're coming to the defense of the 'net-based content creator, rather than big telecom. The commission, reported the Washington Post, shot off letters to Apple and AT&T on Friday asking the companies to explain their alleged decision to keep the Google Voice iPhone app out of the iTunes store. "Recent news reports raise questions about practices in the mobile marketplace," said FCC chair Julius Genachowski. The letter asked if AT&T and Apple worked together to come to the decision to ban the app, and if so, to "please describe the communications between Apple and AT&T in connection with the decision to reject Google Voice."

Eric Schmidt, Google CEO and member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, has resigned from the Apple board over the fracas. (Photo credit: World Economic Forum)