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Google paints picture of abusive scammers sabotaging its service with pricey connections

Google Voice is an intriguing service from the internet giant that allows free text messaging, free domestic calling (including to Canada), and reduced international calling rates.  The service hasn't been embraced by all handset makers, however.  Apple quickly rejected a Google Voice app for the iPhone, prompting a FCC inquiry.

AT&T has come forth and accused Google of everything from being a monopoly to doctoring the media.  The most pertinent accusations to the Google Voice conflict are AT&T's claims that Google is breaking the law by blocking numbers to its service.

Google already said that it isn't breaking the law as the service is free and thus is not subject to the same restrictions as traditional telecoms.  Now it's Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, Richard Whitt, has posted a blog sharing Google's perspective in greater detail.

The post describes, "Earlier this year, we noticed an extremely high number of calls were being made to an extremely small number of destinations. In fact, the top 10 telephone prefixes -- the area code plus the first three digits of a seven digit number, e.g., 555-555-XXXX -- generated more than 160 times the expected traffic volumes, and accounted for a whopping 26 percent of our monthly connection costs."

Google claims that these numbers were mostly adult chat and "free" conference call lines, with high associated costs.  In response to the criticism, Google say it has been trying to block calls on a "more granular level".  It says it now only blocks about 100 numbers, which it is confident are part of traffic-pumping schemes.

Instead of facing criticism, Google feels it deserves praise for highlighting a flawed system.  It says that the higher costs of calls on traditional phone plans, and the existence of traffic pumping schemes point to a broken system.  Writes Mr. Whitt, "We still believe the Commission needs to repair our nation's broken carrier compensation system."



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By toohightocomply on 10/30/2009 8:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
Lets all sit down for some Google kool-aid! It blows my mind how many people just accept anything Google does without questioning.. willfully ignorant? Seriously? Any company that has the motto "Don't be evil." and when asked directly by a judge "Does privacy still exist?" Google flatly replied "No."

Oh they are "Carbon Neutral"? When their new data center in South Carolina was first planned they forced the local goverment into multi-level binding contracts that forbid the release of Google's energy usage.

Free? Nothing is free. I love telling people how Google for example archives every word in their Gmail and Search History to be targets of paid advertisements!

Noone questions the abuse to come by using these new VoIP services and the privacy concerns.. Look at China, where Google even helps block anything "critical" of that regime.

In a world where the media is bought and paid for by the crooks in the goverment. I bet most people don't even realize that the Federal Reserve is about as "Federal" as Federal Express! I bet they are the same people who gave Bush and now Obama "The benefit of the doubt". Lets all trust politicians! Google can't do any wrong! I love my Android! I am free!!




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