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FCC boss quashes Skype open access plea | The Register

In a keynote this morning at the annual CTIA Wireless trade show in Las Vegas, FCC chair Kevin Martin said he intends to reject a year-old petition from the VoIP mavens at Skype that seeks to force open access down Verizon’s throat and the throats of all other US wireless carriers. Martin fully supports open access, but he’s confident that Verizon and the gang will open their networks without additional government invention. Last summer, the FCC attached an open access requirement to a prime portion of the US wireless spectrum, and when this “700-MHz C Block” was auctioned off earlier this year, Verizon was the winning bidder. In theory, Verizon has no choice but open the C Block to any device and any application. And well before the auction, the mega-telco said it would open its entire network by the end of the calendar year. Kevin Martin is confident that Verizon will make good on this promise. And he believes that other carriers will follow suit. “What we’ve observed since the adoption of our 700-MHz rules is quite outstanding,” he told an army of mobile industry insiders at CTIA. “The open access requirement has led the leading carriers to recognize the benefits of a more open platform.

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