- Open applications: Consumers should be able to download and utilize any software applications, content, or services they desire;
- Open devices: Consumers should be able to utilize a handheld communications device with whatever wireless network they prefer;
- Open services: Third parties (resellers) should be able to acquire wireless services from a 700 MHz licensee on a wholesale basis, based on reasonably nondiscriminatory commercial terms; and
- Open networks: Third parties (like internet service providers) should be able to interconnect at any technically feasible point in a 700 MHz licensee’s wireless network.
Meanwhile, I got a laugh out of this:
Google’s efforts are not without their critics, however. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) has dismissed Martin’s plan as “Silicon Valley welfare”, claiming that it gives Google an unfair advantage.The irony of a telco trade association rep saying that….
John Walls, vice president of public affairs at the CTIA, said that the pledge re-affirms his organisation’s belief that the proposed deal smacks of foul play.
“The letter highlights Google’s scheme to have the auction rigged with special conditions in its favour,” he told vnunet.com.
“Nobody should be able to buy a custom-fit government regulation tailored to their business plan.”
— Google pledges $4.6bn to free wireless spectrum, Search giant vows to meet FCC’s reserve price, Shaun Nichols in California, vnunet.com, 23 July 2007