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AT&T Wants FCC to Probe Google Voice

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Sep 25, 2009, 3:27 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

In a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T has asked the agency to look into Google's Voice product. AT&T alleges that Google Voice blocks customers from calling certain numbers, thereby violating FCC regulations. AT&T likens the call-blocking to the call for net neutrality, and says that if phone companies need to all play by the same rules, then so do internet companies such as Google. Google Voice is a call-forwarding system that lets users give out one central phone number and have it ring other phone lines when called. It allows users to maintain some degree of privacy, as well as consolidate services. Google does block Voice customers from calling adult chat lines and some conference call systems due to the high fees levied by those services. Neither Google nor the FCC have commented on AT&T's letter.

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bp3dots1

Sep 27, 2009, 7:48 AM

I must be the only one..

who thinks the bigger problem is Google Voice being forced on AT&T.

While I can appreciate the desire for people to get stuff cheaper, (especially in these times) from a business standpoint I think thats pretty crappy of the Feds to do. Why should I be forced by the govt to allow a 3rd party to effectively give away the services that I provide for free?

If you had a pie stand, and the govt told you that anyone who wanted a free pie had to get one, how would you feel?

-Back to the present topic-

Of course AT&T should be able to challenge this. If they're going to be forced to allow this service then Google shouldn't be able to pick and choose which calls they can offer for free. Its ridiculous to think that its right to be able t...
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Lets get something straight here...

GoogleVoice is free as a service

GoogleVoice App is free as a program

GoogleVoice Web is free as a web page

GoogleVoice DOES NOT circumvent anyone from using "anytime", "night and weekends" or other minu...
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I think you maybe have a misunderstanding of how this works. First of all what you are describing as a complaint that att could have has absolutely nothing to do with what they are complaining about.

Second google voice offers voip. When you bu...
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Azeron

Sep 25, 2009, 4:53 PM

Leave Google Voice Alone AT&T!!!

Google Voice is awesome! AT&T back off and leave Google alone or else! I'm not sure what but this is some bull ish!
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ItsSprintnotwalk

Sep 25, 2009, 5:26 PM

Sour AT&TGrapes...

AT&T does not allow 900 etc call's and no cell phone cann accept prision collect call's... etc... this is what Google Voice is blocking and hey...

S Embarassed ure Gr Embarassed ps AT&T
LOl and how do you know that cell phones can't get prison calls? hmmm
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ItsSprintnotwalk said:
AT&T does not allow 900 etc call's and no cell phone cann accept prision collect call's... etc... this is what Google Voice is blocking and hey...

S Embarassed ure Gr Embarassed ps AT&T

you're wrong....
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WiWavelength

Sep 25, 2009, 5:24 PM

Retaliate much?

Hey, AT&T, retaliate much? Because this is retaliation, plain & simple. Google ratted you out about the rejection of Google Voice, showed that you & Apple in your cabal were abusing power by limiting consumer choice, not to mention lying about it to the FCC. And now, coincidentally, you point your finger at Google. This the playground equivalent of whining, "But he did it, too!"

You are pathetic, AT&T...

AJ
Exactly!!!!!
Great point! I hope the FCC fines them for frivolous complaint and flat out wasting their time with this clearly retaliatory complaint.
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AJ -

Who is your wireless carrier... Mine is Sprint, who pretty much lets its customers do what they want, when they want... Much like the former T-Mobile.
asLeepLessman

Sep 26, 2009, 9:33 AM

In the end, they have the right!

I have read everyone's response up to the time of this post and thus far, 95% of the posts are Anti-AT&T filing this complaint.

I'm my opinion (because really, thats all we can post about on this topic), AT&T has just as much right to point at Google as the FCC had (and google) had the right to point at AT&T.

AT&T (and Apple?) didn't want Google Voice. The FCC stepped in and said "Hey, you cant do that". Now AT&T is saying, ok, we allowed it but now, why is Google saying no to some calls?

Thats a very valid question. More so, "IF" some of those calls you cant use Google Voice to make, your able to make without it.

Anyway, my opinion on the matter is; AT&T has the right to do this and should excersise that right. This is America ...
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You are correct. There is some valid points that you made and yes everyone has the right. However, I think that the whole issue in a nutshell is that most posters have seen the control that wireless carriers(such as AT&T) have tried to administer in t...
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asLeepLessman said:
Someone mentioned "The level playing field". The went as far as to mention that Google has tilted it a little away from AT&T (not necessarily toward Google). If this is true, in anyway, the FCC should get involv
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QUOTE :

I have read everyone's response up to the time of this post and thus far, 95% of the posts are Anti-AT&T filing this complaint.

I'm my opinion (because really, thats all we can post about on this topic), AT&T has just as much right to p...
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"AT&T (and Apple?) didn't want Google Voice. The FCC stepped in and said "Hey, you cant do that". Now AT&T is saying, ok, we allowed it but now, why is Google saying no to some calls?"

The FCC did not say "Hey you can't do that." What they did is...
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Slammer

Sep 26, 2009, 8:36 AM

Dear FCC,

Dear FCC,
As the number one wireless carrier, and the only carrier to offer the iphone, we try to act seriously and take our position very seriously. Oops. Sorry. We meant to say number two. Hehehe. Oh well.

Butt aNYway, wee r trying 2 b mature and handle dis hole ting lyk an adult. Wee R not happy leeving an epissode of Sponge Bob Sguare pantz 2 right dis letter. But google just kicked us and wee waNT u 2 puNiSh dem. YestUrday thay toOk r Yo-yo anD broak da string. Now thEY r trying 2 steel our bLocks. Wwee don,t waNT 2 starT trouble, butt wEE R goin on a FielD trip neXt week 2 Dizny woorld and wood lyk tis all takin carE of. Pleez FCC, Help Us.
HAHAHAAHAH....

Oops we meant to say "DAMN IT WE DIDNT BUY UP ALLTEL GSM AND ARE #2 AGAIN"
Azeron

Sep 27, 2009, 4:10 AM

AT&T: Champion of the Little Guy

Where would I be without AT&T? They have taken the initiative and gone after big, bad Google. Why, of course, they only have my best interest at heart when they ask the FCC to investigate Google's nefarious practices. After all Google is forcing me to participate in their Beta testing of Google Voice, right? Sure, I went to the GV site and requested an invite (just as I did with Gmail years ago). When I finally received the invite and hurriedly signed up...they had me right where they wanted. Now I have a Google number and AT&T says that there are numbers which I am not allowed to call. Wow! I had no idea. Every number I have ever attempted to call has gone through without a hitch. Why those sneaky *bleepards*. Imagine that! Here...
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WiWavelength

Sep 25, 2009, 10:22 PM

AT&T is The Matrix

Neo speaking directly to The Matrix in the last lines of that eponymous film:

"I know that you're afraid...you're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you."

AT&T is effectively The Matrix. And AT&T is very afraid of a world in which it is nothing more than a "dumb pipe." But what a much better world for teleco...
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Wow... I wish the people could actually tell at&t and Corporate America to Shut the Mother Mother up and shove it up the muffler pipe.
Actually... Google is _really_ the matrix. They are all seeing, all knowing, data collecting agency. Google essentially 'gives' away a lot of product, as long as you give them a lot of information for data mining (Google owns you, knows where you ar...
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ajkenj

Sep 26, 2009, 6:55 PM

LOL Probe Google Voice

Razz
flip mode

Sep 25, 2009, 5:50 PM

At&t wants a refill....

of that hater-aide Laughing
I wish I could give them a glass of shut the hell up

Expensive plan low life company. I hate them, they lied to everyone in my area
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rwalford79

Sep 25, 2009, 3:42 PM

Free Vs. Paid Calls

GoogleVoice is a FREE VoIP type service. Since no one is paying for those calls, and its still technically in BETA, and premium charges to numbers AT&T is whining about COULD be charged at a later date, whats the problem?

AT&T surely isnt offering any free solutions or products like Google.

Lets also not forget that AT&T also blocks calls to 900, 976, 700, and other numbers as well...

So... whats the issue here?
Sad you can’t pick on VZW so you try to pick a fight with a little VOIP provider.
I guess if I just got MMS up and running on one of the best selling devices in the country I’d try to shift the spot light too.
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