It wanted to know it blocks these calls and how it chooses the numbers to restrict. Richard Whitt, Google's Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, essentially lampoons AT&T's complaint to the FCC while answering the FCC's inquiry.
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But if today's developments are any indication, Google and AT&T intend to fight even harder over Google Voice. This one was an inquiry into issues raised by AT&T about Google Voice.
Specifically, it focuses on the fact that Google Voice restricts some calls made to rural areas, which reduces its operational costs but restricts calls to certain numbers.
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