Forget all the BS political posturing about the consumer -- the fact is that in the vast majority of its actions, the government is anti-consumer. How else can one explain Administration officials criticizing China for selling goods to the US below cost. "We're sorry, consumers, that you have been burdened with product choices that have had their prices subsidized by the Chinese. We're working hard to fix this and make sure prices go back up where they should be."
Licensing, trade law, anti-trust, even consumer products laws -- its all become protection of politically connected corporations against smaller and upstart rivals. Just look at how Mattel, whose sloppy due diligence forced a number of toy recalls last year, became the big winner of the new "consumer" law these recalls spawned.
Google voice is one of the more exciting communication products I have seen in years. I have a phone number for free, I can have that number ring multiple different numbers while retaining a single voice mail -- with a free transcription service. Awesome.
So, of course, the FCC is probably going to kill it. They will find some way to justify it on nominally consumer grounds, but they are really just doing AT&T a favor. The argument is that Google voice blocks calls to certain high-access rural areas. So what? Heck, I use it mostly to receive calls but if I made calls, do I really want my phone bill to go up by four or five times just so I can call some phone numbers I am never going to call.