FCC Probing Google Voice Ban
The federal government has launched a probe of Apple's recent decision to ban the Google Voice technology from the App Store. According to the Wall Street Journal, the FCC last week sent letters to Apple, Google and AT&T, asking for information about how the decision was made to ban the application.
In a statement released as part of the probe, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called it part of the commission's "mission to foster a competitive wireless marketplace, protect and empower consumers, and promote innovation and investment."
The FCC also said the probe is part of a larger, already-announced inquiry into exclusive deals between mobile carriers and phone manufacturers, such as Apple's with AT&T.