Google is ramping up its efforts in Washington to influence lawmakers according to a Consumer Watchdog press release
Google (GOOG) started its 'goodwill mission to Washington' with the following statement in 2003:
"We established a Washington presence because we felt like it was important to give our users a voice in Washington. Technology can be complicated. We absolutely believe taking the time to help people understand our business is a worthy MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 21, 2010 5:20 PM ET
That thump you heard in the middle of the night, was the 376-page National Broadband Plan finally being dropped (you can get your very own copy or just scan through the executive summary here).
Not pulling any political punches, broadband is compared to electricity in the conclusion to the report crafted by Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski and his team. It reads:
In 1938, President Roosevelt traveled to Gordon Military College in MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Mar 16, 2010 3:11 PM ET
Search giant Google keeps offering telecommunications services. But does that make it a phone company?
By Beth Kowitt, Writer-reporter
Google (GOOG) is an online advertising company, but it has been inching toward disrupting the telecommunications industry for some time.
In 2006 it launched free citywide Wi-Fi in its headquarters town of Mountain View, Calif., as a not-so-subtle jab at traditional broadband providers such as AT&T (T) and the cable operators.
In 2008 it expressed MOREJan 20, 2010 10:54 AM ET
>Mason Cohn, Producer - Jan 13, 2010 11:45 AM ET
I'm glad the net neutrality dispute that broke out this week between AT&T (T) and Google (GOOG) has nothing to do with Apple (AAPL).
The two companies' arguments are so cynically self-serving and the common carrier issues they have locked horns over so thorny and impenetrable that I don't know where to start. (If you want to pursue it, the New York Times' Saul Hansell does a good job laying the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 26, 2009 6:35 AM ET
"Contrary to published reports," Apple (AAPL) told the FCC back in August in response to a government inquiry about why it rejected Google's (GOOG) famous voice management app. "Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it." (link)
What Google had to say about that was unknown because unlike Apple, which made public its response, Google asked that key portions of its letter to the FCC be MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 18, 2009 12:52 PM ET
It took the heavy hand of the Federal Communications Commission to pry it loose, but we finally have a clearer picture of how Apple's (AAPL) App Store approval process works.
The details are contained in Apple's response to the FCC's July 31 letter of inquiry into why Google's (GOOG) Google Voice app has not been approved. AT&T's response fills 16 pages with legalese and footnotes, but the bottom line is short MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 21, 2009 8:20 PM ET
AT&T stayed mum for weeks to protect its relationship with Apple, but thanks to prodding from the Federal Communications Commission the company is talking now. The upshot: AT&T didn't demand that Apple (AAPL) block Google Voice from the iTunes App Store, thus keeping it off of the iPhone. In fact, AT&T says it didn't even talk to Apple about it before the iPhone maker handed down the decision.
This is the MOREJon Fortt - Aug 21, 2009 5:24 PM ET
The Wall Street Journal's editorial board and I disagree about almost everything, including the legacy of the late Robert Novak.
The op-ed page, however, is a different matter. And on Tuesday the Journal ran a guest commentary by Andy Kessler that says what many of us have been thinking about AT&T's (T) role in Apple's (AAPL) rejection of Google's (GOOG) Google Voice app -- the universal telephone number and voice mail MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 19, 2009 10:50 AM ET
[NEWS FLASH: Google CEO Eric Schmidt has resigned from Apple's board. See here.]
Sometimes you've just got to love the government.
Case in point: the inquiry that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission launched Friday into why exactly Apple (AAPL) decided to reject Google's (GOOG) powerful Google Voice call-management system for the iPhone, and what role AT&T (T) played in the decision.
Hundreds of reporters -- from the tiniest blogs to the most powerful MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 1, 2009 7:16 AM ET
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