Have? you read the? statement from the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association. They’re expressing more than concern at Google’s offer to buy the 700mhz wireless range at the next auction?? The CTIA’s statement doesn’t seem very? transparent. My first impression is that they support? data-restriction through government regulation.? Maybe it just comes across that way to me as I read Google’s requirement for open applications, open devices, open services and networks.? It also seems to me that they? want us to fear Google.
If Google’s intent is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and have advertisers pay the bills then more users would seem to lead to more money. If this effort manifests in part by brining more bandwidth to more users, then they’re truly leading an admirable battle. With more competitors, The Battle For The Bandwidth and the Net Neutrality debate will be healthy.
Pasted from CTIA’s press release.
“The veil has been lifted. Google’s letter to the FCC this morning highlights the Internet giant’s scheme to have the 700 MHz auction rigged with special conditions in its favor. If Google is willing to commit almost $5 billion dollars for spectrum that it wants encumbered with various requirements, then let it win that spectrum in a competitive auction and choose that business model. Google and its allies, with their collective market capitalization approaching half a trillion dollars, don’t need a government handout at taxpayers’ expense. The competitive wireless industry welcomes all new entrants, but no company should be able to buy a custom-fit government regulation that suits their particular business plan. Consumers should decide if they’re right, not the federal government”.?
Pasted from Eric Schmidt’s letter to the FCC:
“As you know, Google submitted an ex parte letter on July 9th explaining that, in order to promote genuine competition, the Commission must include open platforms as part of the applicable licensing requirements for paired commercial blocks in the Upper 700 MHz Band. In particular, our July 9th letter requested that the Commission should extend to all CMRS-type spectrum licensees clearly delineated, explicitly enforceable, and unwavering obligations to provide (1) open applications, (2) open devices, (3) open wholesale services, and (4) open network access.”
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