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AT&T has no qualms about blaming partner Apple for app rejections

Under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T has passed the blame for the Google Voice application rejection on to partner Apple.  According to AT&T's spokesperson, "AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it."

The FCC has demanded that Apple and AT&T explain the process by which applications are rejected.  In particular its asking what contractual conditions or non-contractual understandings with AT&T influence app store rejections. 

The government also asked, "Does AT&T have any role in the approval of iPhone applications generally (or in certain cases)? If so, under what circumstances, and what role does it play? What roles are specified in the contractual provisions between Apple and AT&T (or any non-contractual understandings) regarding the consideration of particular iPhone applications?"

The insinuation by AT&T, though, that it plays no part in app store policing and that regulation is solely the work of Apple is flat out false, though.  AT&T previously ordered Apple to force Slingbox to operate over WiFi only.  AT&T had stated:
Slingbox, which would use large amounts of wireless network capacity, could create congestion and potentially prevent other customers from using the network. The application does not run on our 3G wireless network. Applications like this, which redirect a TV signal to a personal computer, are specifically prohibited under our terms of service. We consider smartphones like the iPhone to be personal computers in that they have the same hardware and software attributes as PCs.
Steve Jobs also noted during a Q&A session that AT&T is actively policing voice-over-IP apps.  He stated that AT&T is the reason why apps like Skype are WiFi only.  In the end it appears that despite its claims of innocence, AT&T may play more of a role in iPhone app policing than it admits.

The finger pointing by AT&T does illustrate increasing tension between the two companies.  Apple took a number of apparent snipes at AT&T during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote address, where it introduced the new iPhone 3G S.

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RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By dark matter on 8/4/2009 4:35:00 PM , Rating: 2
I see a pattern emerging with your posts.

But lets roll with you for a minute.

Company x = company y = private company.

Even though

company x = listed on the stock exchange
company y = privately owned.

ah, totally with you now. I'm dealin with an idiot. I did wonder what that familiar smell was.

End of conversation with you, you're unable to hold any kind of logical discussion.

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By Motoman on 8/4/2009 4:39:29 PM , Rating: 1
You are freaking hilarious.

Not only are you obviously not reading my posts, you are also either horribly misinformed, or suffering some mental disorder.

What you categorically don't get is that you yourself are totally mixing up what it is to be publicly-held or privately-held, and a private-sector or a public-sector company.

None of the companies mentioned here (Apple, Cargill, General Mills) are public-sector. Because, as noted, to be public-sector companies you have to be a governmental which point you are under the control of "the people."

Apple and General Mills are publicly-held companies, which is to say they are "publicly listed" or in your poor terminology, just "listed.' But they are both private companies, because neither is a governmental agency...and therefore neither of them answer to "the people" - they just answer to their stockholders.

Cargill is an example of a private-sector company that is privately-held, therfore not "listed," and therefore is not answerable to anyone other than the guy who owns it.

I'm really sorry you're having such a hard time with this. Try reading it more slowly.

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By dark matter on 8/4/2009 4:55:42 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, back to the straw man argument.

You keep banging on about public-sector, I never mentioned it.

Now bugger off, as you're just boring me now.

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By Motoman on 8/4/2009 5:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
You are correct, you never mentioned it.

It would be rather irrational for you to mention a concept you aren't even aware of. That's why I'm trying to educate you.

The two concepts you need to get a handle on are:

Public-sector vs. private-sector (which is to say, government or non-government)


Publicly-held vs. privately-held (which is to say, listed or not listed)

Apple is a publicly-held private company. Period. You know what? Call Apple and ask them. Or your bank. Or an investor. Or a lawyer, an economist, a professor of business, whatever. Any of the above will confirm that for you quite nicely.

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By dark matter on 8/4/2009 5:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
I'll just ask your mum next time I'm round there. ;)

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By Motoman on 8/4/2009 5:13:06 PM , Rating: 2
That would be fine. She has a firm grasp on the subject, and she'd be happy to educate you on the matter.

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By dark matter on 8/4/2009 5:18:24 PM , Rating: 2
She certainly does have a firm grasp indeed! ;)

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