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A few days after rampant criticism in blogs and other online sources about AT&T’s decision to reject Google’s voice app on the iPhone, the Federal Communications Commission has opened an investigation into the telco giant as well as Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). The reason for rejection offered by the two companies was that the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) app “duplicates features that come with the iPhone.” Update: A statement from AT&T (NYSE: T) came out this morning: “AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it.”
This comes as the FCC is already looking into two other related issues: wireless open access AND handset exclusivity, both of which also have effect the three companies involved in the ecosystem.
The FCC has sent a letter to all three companies involved; the letters to AT&T, Apple and Google are pasted below. Some very pointed questions to both AT&T and Apple, and even an inquiry into the approval process for Google’s Android platform.
Letter to AT&T:
“Federal Communications Commission DA 09-1737
July 31, 2009
James W. Cicconi
Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs
AT&T Services, Inc.
1120 20th Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036