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AT&T accuses Google of a vast conspiracy, including using its "monopoly" to control the media, control user's internet traffic, and silence its opponents.  (Source: The Independent)
A new letter from AT&T to the federal government makes it clear that the company has little love for Google

If there's one thing clear from the Google Voice iPhone debacle, it's that there's no love lost between AT&T and Google.  AT&T, to date, is accusing Google of everything from political and news manipulation, to violating net neutrality.

The drama surrounding the rejection began shortly after when the Federal Communications Commission opened an inquiry into who was responsible for the rejection of Google Voice and whether the rejection violated any federal laws or rules.  AT&T quickly responded that it did not mastermind the rejection, and that it was Apple's doing.  Apple followed up, taking the blame and say it was working to get the app approved.

Then came a second response from AT&T.  Apparently in a sharing mood, AT&T sounded off against Google and complained to the FCC that it believes Google Voice breaks the law.  Since AT&T has allowed VoIP apps onto the iPhone, but Google Voice is still no where to be found.  Now AT&T has delivered a third letter to the FCC further attacking the internet giant.

While Google has been attacked by many -- newspaper moguls, telecoms, and internet rivals -- the new letter is perhaps the harshest conglomerated criticism leveled against the company to date.  Written by Robert W. Quinn, Jr., an AT&T Senior Vice President, the letter entitled "Google Voice; Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers" opens claiming Google is a hypocrite when it comes to net neutrality.

Mr. Quinn writes:

As the debate regarding “net neutrality” has evolved, it appeared on the surface that all parties shared the same desire to preserve the “free and open” nature of the Internet, a goal enunciated by [FCC] Chairman Genachowski with which we heartily agree."

As communications services increasingly migrate to broadband Internet-based platforms, we can now see the power of Internet-based applications providers to act as gatekeepers who can threaten the “free and open” Internet. Google’s double-standard for “openness” – where Google does what it wants while other providers are subject to Commission regulations – is plainly inconsistent with the goal of preserving a “free and open” Internet ecosystem.

The letter claims that Google's explanation that it is only blocking certain kinds of rural calls like adult sex-chat lines, to avoid high fees leveled against the free service, is a lie.  The letter accuses Google of conspiracy, saying it also blocked calls to an ambulance service, church, bank, law firm, automobile dealer, day spa, orchard, health clinic, tax preparation service, community center, eye doctor, tribal community college, school, residential consumers, a convent of Benedictine nuns, and the campaign office of a U.S. Representative.

According to AT&T, Google is "abus[ing] its market power".  AT&T insists Google is not exempt, either from being free or being internet-based, from federal regulations that prevent such call blocking.

The letter also calls Google a monopoly, citing, "In preparing a complaint to challenge the Google/Yahoo arrangement, the [U.S.] Department [of Justice] reportedly concluded that Google had a “monopoly” in these markets and the proposed arrangement “would have furthered [Google’s] monopoly."

Furthermore, AT&T accuses Google of practicing broad-scale manipulation of the media.  It says that Google blocked political advertisements from Senator Susan Collins, due to her criticism of Moveon.org, a Google net neutrality partner.  It also accuses Google of blocking the Inner City Press from Google News, as the publication criticized the United Nation Development Programme, a Google-sponsored program.

It then goes on to accuse Google of illegitimately "buying" ads in its own auction to push its agenda for keywords such as "net neutrality". The letter concludes, "Ironically, Google appears oblivious to the hypocrisy of its net neutrality advocacy relative to its own conduct. [A]t the same time, Google exploits the dominance of its search engine and its gatekeeping power over other applications to give its preferred content greater visibility than its political opponents’ content or to simply block its competitors’ applications altogether."

"Deliberately narrowing the principles to award Google a special privilege to play by its own rules – or no rules at all – would be grossly unfair, patently unlawful, and a renunciation of President Obama’s assurance that the Commission’s Internet Policy Statement would be used to “ensure there’s a level playing field” between competitors. Thus, the Commission’s first fundamental step in leveling that playing field must be to unequivocally re-affirm in its proposed rulemaking that it will not exempt Google from whatever rules it ultimately adopts."



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RE: Not a complete lie
By Looey on 10/16/2009 7:24:05 PM , Rating: 1
3. and my pecker is bigger than yours is not a foreign policy

The Russians worked Obama over. First they got him to take down the missle shield in Eastern Europe promising Obama help with Iran. Now the Russians are saying wait a minute, we're not going to do that. Obama has no pecker and he is a big chicken s**t. What has he done with North Korea? He tried to talk them to death and they just shot off some missles. He kissed up to Iran and they also tested their long range missles. The world knew Iran had a second nuclear site. France, UK and Germany wanted to expose it in the UN when Obama gave his disarmament speech. Obama said no, it would spoil his speech. lets do it in Pittsburgh. Hey it's all about obama. His EU buddies got upset with him. What a joke Obama is.

5.Bush & Cheney's use of Torture is probably the biggest most shameful thing this country has ever done and they and every one involved should be tried for war crimes.

Have you ever seen the torture you are talking about by Bush & Cheney? Was it anything like the videos I have seen of Americans being be-headed by Islamist radicals? You should go fight Al-Qeada and the Talibans and you will want to either hide or kill them, much worse than water boarding. I have a video of some of the be-headings in Afghanistan before 9-11 that were carried out by the Taliban. Splashing some water on a few of these radicals means nothing to me after seeing the horrific torture carried out by them.

Obama should be expelled from his throne. He is not protecting America.

4. Bush was such a predictable Moron you could always tell when he was up to something because he always put a minority in charge of it.

Obama is such a predictable moron. You can tell when he is up to something because he always he goes on TV to campaign or calls out his union goons to intimidate people. Obama and Acorn are best buddies. Acorn is one of the most corrupt organizations in the world. Wonder where our tax money to Acorn went.

Obama is trying to make America a liberal state where everyone is dependent on the government. He is trying to make slaves out of all of us. He wants to redistribute the wealth in America. It is time to invest in gold and hide it.


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