Google Inc's voice service is an online software tool and should not be regulated, a Google lawyer told Reuters on Friday.

In response to an AT&T Inc letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission arguing that any new net neutrality rules should apply to Web companies as much as to telephone companies, Richard Whitt, Google's Washington telecom and media counsel, said the Google voice service is an online software tool.

We feel comfortable that it is not a regulated service, Whitt told Reuters. It is a service that originates from an online platform.

(Reporting by John Poirier)