FCC Looking Into Rejection of Google App for iPhone (Updated w/links to letters to parties)

Author: Reed Abelson

The Federal Communications Commission is examining a recent decision by Apple to reject an iPhone application developed by Google. On Friday, the Commission sent letters to executives at Apple, Google and AT&T, which is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in the United States, saying it was "interested in a more complete understanding of this situation." In opening the investigation, the FCC cited an article in The New York Times this week describing Google's frustration in winning approval from Apple to distribute its iPhone applications through Apple's App Store. Apple recently rejected Google's effort to bring a service called Google Voice to the iPhone, and the company also rescinded its earlier approval of several applications created by third-party developers that worked with Google Voice. In its letter to Apple, the FCC asked the company to explain why it rejected the application and removed the related applications from its App Store. A spokesman for Apple declined to comment, saying the company does not typically discuss regulatory issues. As part of its investigation, the FCC focused on whether the decision to reject the Google Voice app was made by Apple alone or in consultation with AT&T. In a statement, AT&T said the company "does not manage or approve applications for the App Store."



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