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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 Motoman on 8/4/2009 4:57:27 PM , Rating: -1
Yes. All of that is 100% correct.

Apple is not a public-sector company, because it is not a governmental agency.

Apple is a publicly-held company, because they are listed on the stock market.

Once again, I have to point out to you that the issue you are getting lost on is the difference between public-sector vs. private-sector, and publicly-held (listed) vs. privately-held (not listed).

Apple is a public-sector company which is publicly held. The first quote you have there is talking about the sector an organization is in...which would be a bit clearly if you included the next sentance noting the further formality of having the "-sector" appendange.

The second quote you have is discussing the issue of being "listed" - there is only one kind of "listing" - public listing. I'm still waiting for you to inform the whole world of a different kind of listing.

The third quote address that same point. There is no other form of listing than public listing.

Public-sector vs. private sector.

Publicly-held or privately-held.

These are the issues you are confusing, and all you are doing for us as you go on is further documenting how much you are are confused on these issues.

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By Motoman on 8/4/09, Rating: 0
RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By dark matter on 8/4/2009 5:08:19 PM , Rating: 1
My god are you always this anal about things? You're still banging on that I got confused that Apple wasn't a public-sector company! I never said it was you numbskull, YOU claimed that's what I said on your very first post, and ever since this has been your argument against me.

Look, i'm free friday, do you want to come and have a beer with me or something, you seem kind of lonely. No tongues on the first date though, ok! :)

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By Motoman on 8/4/2009 5:11:51 PM , Rating: 1
You didn't even know the term "public-sector" until I told you about it, so of course you didn't use the term. But you were, and are, clearly confused about what the difference is between public and private sector companies, and what it means to be privately-held or publicly-held.

And no, I don't think I'll be having beer with's not legal for 12-year-olds to drink.

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By dark matter on 8/4/2009 5:15:46 PM , Rating: 1
You're only 12? Sorry, I didn't know. I'll just take you to the park then.

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By Motoman on 8/4/09, Rating: 0
RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By Danger D on 8/4/2009 5:57:37 PM , Rating: 3
Your momma's so fat ... wait ... what are we talking about?

RE: Why is the FCC involved?
By Motoman on 8/4/09, Rating: 0
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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