Federal regulators want to know if AT&T and Apple worked to together to reject mobile apps for Google's innovative Voice service, sending letters to the companies asking them to explain this incident and the policies behind the secretive and lucrative iPhone App store....The FCC's new chairman Julius Genachowski made it clear Friday in announcing the letters that he was not pleased by Apple and AT&T's actions, while leaving wiggle room about what, if anything, the feds would do....The feds are already looking at mobile phone exclusivity — such as the lock AT&T has on the iPhone in the U.S. — to see if those deals hurt consumers. Outside groups are asking the feds to make mobile carriers adhere the same openness rules that apply to ISPs — e.g. letting them use whatever device, app or online service they want to use....The letters say the matter applies to two open matters before the FCC and clearly indicate that the FCC is at least considering whether it should regulate app stores, which are growing in popularity after the breakout success of the iPhone App store.
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