As those of you that follow the mobile scene there is a big FCC spectrum auction that is going to be happening this winter which will see the likes of Google; and possibly Apple, butting heads and billions of dollars against the old guard telecom giants like Verizon and AT&T.
One of the contentious issues is the recent decision by the FCC Chairman that this specific spectrum will allow open access; apparently a concession to one of Google’s demands before it would cough up any money to play in the game, so any mobile phone can access the network unlike now where the carriers control all aspects of access to the wireless spectrums.
This open access is so contentious that Verizon is leading the charge via the courts to have the FCC decision overturned suggesting that the FCC overstepped its authority and get this the whole idea of open networks is unconstitutional.
Who the hell are they trying to fool .. unconstitutional … give me a frikken break. If anything the current setup of the big boy telecom’s slicing up the wireless spectrums to benefit themselves rather than the consumers is a bit more unconstitutional than their gravy train being tipped over.
This brings back memories of Netscape and their buddies whining to Congress and the DoJ over Microsoft’s browser integration to the OS. Sure MS got slapped and had to play nice but the time gone by sure hasn’t been beneficial to Netscape. Maybe the same thing will happen to Verizon and the rest of the telecom’s and for a change the consumer might actually come out ahead.
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