I have to laugh when I read that the FCC is investigating Google over not terminating calls somewhere that costs more money and where the reciprocal compensation model isn't really "reciprocal." To me, it's a big waste of the money the FCC has to do far better things with, like working to get broadband in more places at better prices.
But since no citizen of the USA is paying for any part of the Google Voice call, other than Google, which is not part of their already agreed to service plan, why does the FCC care. This is no different than my avoiding shopping a very high priced grocery store in Del Mar when prices for the same item that's sold in another market ten minutes away are far lower. I don't have to shop there, and Google Voice doesn't have to terminate calls where they don't want to. It's Google's money, not the consumer of GoogleVoice. It's also no different than choosing to live in Nevada where there's either no or lower personal income tax than in California. It's a choice, and the last time I checked the USA was all about giving its residents the freedom of choice. Besides, the person trying to call the "free" number is able to still reach it by using their own calling plan.
So let's look at some logical facts.
First, no regulations says that everyone has to use GoogleVoice to make phone calls. As a matter of fact, only those invited in so far get to use it.
Second, no regulation says that an alternative dialing service can't establish rules on where a call can be terminated (or even received from.)
Third, many cell service plans still do or did preclude international calls to some countries where the they had no reciprocity in billing.
Fourth, some cell plans today actually exclude where you can use the service. Take AT&T's Go Phone, their pre paid or pay as you go service offering. The coverage map, when you toggle between GoPhone and Voice says it all.
If you have a GoPhone it won't work everywhere so what's the difference with Google Voice not terminating calls everywhere if AT&T isn't required to make cell service available all across their network (which includes many affiliates) because it costs more or because a customer has a different class of service or a different form of a billing relationship. Because they have the freedom of choice of what they offer to their customers. That's the same thing Google is doing. Making a choice.
Bottom line---this is one more red herring from AT&T to cast doubt on Google making it more interesting as to why Apple is falling on the sword over the app. Release the app, and let's see what comes next from AT&T, Apple.