AT&T decision meets approval

He commended AT&T for the decision. "Nonetheless, the positive actions of one company are no substitute for a government policy that protects openness and benefits consumers and we look forward to further innovations that will enable even more mobile Skype calling.”

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AT&T's announcement does not change the fact that Apple has not yet approved Google's Voice application for the iPhone, said David Kaut, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus.

"With wireless treatment a key aspect of the FCC's network neutrality rulemaking, AT&T's announcement should remove one likely thorn with regulators, but does not, in our view, halt the movement toward applying net neutrality to wireless," he said in a note to investors.