Apple may be regretting its decision to exclude Google Voice from its iPhone application lists since the FCC decided last night to launch a formal investigation into the process that ended in the decision not to utilise Google Voice, starting with the delivery of letters to AT&T, Google, and Apple.
While the FCC’s concern over the matter may seem odd, given that Apple rejects iPhone apps on a daily basis, the decision not to allow Google Voice has caused a great amount of discussion and the FCC is taking a step towards making mobile broadband as open as the Internet and taking the control out of mobile carriers’ hands.
Currently, applications that utilise the internet via mobile broadband and applications that exist solely on the internet, run in two different manners.
Those that run from the internet are free for development in any way possible, while mobile application developments are dependent on adoption by mobile carriers that you subscribe with.
As mobile broadband becomes one of the most popular ways to connect to the internet, an argument has ensued over whether the internet should remain an open forum via both venues.
While this may come as bad news to AT&T and all other wireless carriers who control the applications available on their services, Google executives are probably out celebrating, as the company urged the FCC to make an official principle that would allow open access for applications in the mobile environment.
Rumours throughout the industry suggest that Apple will hide behind regulation problems to defend its exclusion of the Google Voice application from the iPhone.