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The FCC’s questions centered around the fact that Google Voice has taken to blocking calls to certain rural areas of the country. AT&T, which complained, cannot do the same, because of FCC regulations. Certain rural carriers charge phone companies
extremely high connection fees to those areas. Google noted, in the un-redacted portion of its letter, that it had experienced an unusually high volume of calls to these numbers and blocked access by its user base to some 100 numbers. Google argues that Google Voice is not a traditional phone service provider (for one, it’s free), it shouldn’t be subject to the regulations that require phone companies to connect calls to any number.