Why The FCC Wants To Smash Open The iPhone

Right about now, Apple probably wishes it had never rejected Google Voice and related apps from the iPhone. Or maybe it was AT&T who rejected the apps. Nobody really knows. But the FCC launched an investigation last night to find out, sending letters to all three companies (Apple, AT&T, and Google) asking them to explain exactly what happened.On its face, it might seem odd to some people that the FCC is investigating the rejection of a single iPhone app. After all, iPhone apps are rejected every day. But the Google Voice rejection caused an unusual amount of uproar, and there is nothing like a high-profile case to make an example out of in pursuit of pushing a bigger policy agenda. The FCC investigation is not just about the arbitrary rejection of a single app. It is the FCC’s way of putting a stake in the ground for making the wireless networks controlled by cell phone carriers as open as the Internet.To read this TechCrunch story in full, see:
www.techcrunch.com/2009/08/01/why-the-fcc-wants-to-smash-open-the-iphone/
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/01/AR2009080101074.htmlAlso see:US commission to investigate Apple’s Google iPhone app rejection
The US Federal Communications Commission is seeking additional information about Apple’s decision to reject Google’s voice application for the iPhone in the United States.The Google application is seen by some as a competitive threat to the voice services that come with the iPhone, which is carried exclusively in the United States by AT&T Inc.
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/us-commission-to-investigate-apples-google-iphone-app-rejection-1765967.htmlFCC seeks details on Google app rejection for iPhone
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking additional information about Apple’s decision to reject Google’s voice application for the iPhone.The Google application is seen by some as a competitive threat to the voice services that come with the iPhone, which is carried exclusively in the United States by AT&T.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE57004220090801

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