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Skype petitions to FCC for open cellular access
|02 апреля 2007|
The CTIA doesn't seem to think so: "Skype's self-interested filing contains glaring legal flaws and a complete disregard for the vast consumer benefits provided by the competitive marketplace," Steve Largent, CEO of the CTIA, said in a statement. "The call for imposing monopoly era Carterfone rules to today's vibrant market is unmistakably the wrong number."
Skype's interests aside, wireless carriers' control of their subscribers' experience is slipping: Smartphones with Internet browsers can already connect to Skype, Slingbox or any website with streaming video. While these activities are strictly prohibited in the customer's contract, they are still quite easy to do. Iain Gillott, founder of iGR, has two words for Skype: "Good luck." Whether Skype's maneuvering is a naive attempt or a provocative PR stunt, Gillott is cynical: "The FCC has licensed spectrum to operators over many years and run auctions and collected billions and billions of dollars. Those licenses allow operators to run voice services as well as spell out what the operators can and cannot do. Now Skype is saying: 'Can you just throw that out, please, and let us have open access and run voice over IP for free?' They're asking the FCC to change the entire wireless business model, and in so doing, are saying that spectrum is worthless. But it isn't. Spectrum is the most valuable asset in wireless today."
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