Pols Want FCC to Investigate Google Voice's Call Blocking
A number of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are petitioning the Federal Communication Commission to investigate Google Voice's practice of blocking calls to certain rural areas. Google Voice blocks calls to some 1-900 type services and other rural regions to cut down on expenses. It is illegal for telecom providers to block calls. The lawmakers involved call Google's practice "ill conceived and unfair to our rural constituents." Technically Google Voice is a call-forwarding service, but telecom companies believe it should have to abide by the same set of rules that they have to follow.
Google Assistant Can Now Find Your Phone, Call from Your Mobile Number
Google today said its Home-based Google Assistant product can easily find your Android or iOS smartphone. Home owners need only say, "OK Google, find my phone." The Assistant will ring Android phones, or send a call to iPhones, even when the phone is in silent mode.
Google Voice Gains New Lease On Life with Massive Overhaul
Google today introduced a wholly new version of Google Voice for Android, iOS, and the web. The calling, voicemail, and messaging platform has been overhauled from the ground up with a new design, new features, and a fresh commitment from Google to keep the service updated.
FCC Fines Verizon $5 Million for Failed Rural Calls
The FCC today said it has fined Verizon $5 million for failing to investigate claims of low call connection rates in rural areas. According to the FCC, Verizon didn't look into consumer complaints over an eight month period in 2013 regarding failed wireless and wired calls in 26 rural regions.
Google Merging Video Call Tool Into Phone Dialer
Google today said it is taking steps to ease the process of making video calls between Android handsets. Starting with Nexus, Pixel, and Android One devices, users will be able to initiate video calls directly from the phone dialer or text messaging app.
Still in beta....
If google was:
-Charging something for this service
-Marketing this product as "final" version
-offering service that wasn't dependent on a third party (either traditional telecom or internet)
they might have a case.
As it stands, it is these local telecoms charging insane disconnect fees.
The solution? Google should allow calls to these areas but consider them "international calls" and fund the disconnect fees that way. either that, or those companies should waive (or drop) the disconnect fees for GV users.
Forcing google to have calls go through to these companies (which means they will have to start charging for the service, or chan...