IN A DEPOSITION to the Federal Communications Commission AT&T has complained that the Google Voice application doesn’t follow the 'free and open' principles which the FCC is working towards.
The telecommunications company argues that Google Voice’s practice of cutting off some local exchanges due to the fees they charge is more serious than the search giant is letting on.
It cites research that shows the application has cut off an ambulance service, church, tax preparation service, tribal community college and a convent of Benedictine nuns, as well as the campaign office of a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, among others.
"Google's practice of blocking Google Voice calls demonstrates exactly why any open Internet principles must also apply evenhandedly to providers of Internet applications, content and services," said Robert Quinn, AT&T's senior vice president of Federal Regulatory.
"If, as Google claims, it is allowed to block whichever Google Voice calls it wants and the FCC is powerless to stop it, then Google also can block whichever Internet sites, applications, services or content that it wants and the FCC cannot do anything about that either."
Furthermore AT&T also raised questions about the impartiality of Google's search results, citing research that the company was raising companies that supported net neutrality up its paid listings slots.
The FCC initially began in investigation into why Google Voice was banned from Apple's App Store, but has now widened the scope of the investigation into examining the Google Voice applications itself. µ
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