Second - the reason Apple is toying with the FCC is because it's not politically correct for Apple to respond to the FCC by saying what really needs to be said, and that is this:
in regards to your enquiry about the rejection of the Google voice app. Damn right we rejected it. And to be perfectly honest, we don't need to give you or anyone else any reason for rejecting it. It's our product, and we have 100% authority of what is allowed on the phone and nobody else. This includes Google, and least of all the U.S. Government. It's called a "free market" and this is widely practiced in th U.S.A. to be perfectly honest, as long as we do not have a monopoly position (and last I checked 1% errors on the side of no monopoly) there is not a hell of a lot you can do about it.
You may recall, we are the ones who brought the Music labels to their knees and introduced .99 cent songs and no DRM (with no help from you I might add) so do not even think about lecturing us on consumer rights. We are just sick and tired of companies trying to coast off our success, and everyone wants a piece of the app store because it is the hottest development platform in the world. Period. If we let every Tom dick andharry into the store - we would end up with the same mess Windows is in.
Not to brag - but we are the ones who have made the smart phone market what it is today. And that is because we know what is right. If Google wants to make all their crappy apps available tooeople, they can submit it to a vendor who has lower standards then we do -there are plenty to choose from - Palm, Windows, and even Android to name just a few.
Again, we would like to emphasize that you - the FCC, has **** all to say about what we allow on our product, we abide by all laws we are required to follow, and FYI - allowing every ***** app that is submitted to the app store is not one of them. You would have better luck getting us to allow sync support for the Pre in iTunes (which is not going to happen in a million years either btw)
mind you, we have no hard feelings - we realize that we are the hottest company in the history of technology and we are probably the coolest brand in the history of the world, and companies like you and Greenpeace like to latch onto that because it gets you a lot of press. Google also has friends in the Obama administration and probably called in a favour and is probably the only reason you are looking into this. Let's face facts - we both know this issue is none of your ******* business and anything short of an entire overhaul of the communications history and the free market - your hands are tied and this letter is where it's going to end. You have to admit it - the REAL reason this industry is a mess is because you have been asleep at the wheel for the past 2 years - so I'm a little curious why all of a sudden you give a ****. So kindly - please **** off.