July 23, 2007

Official Google Blog: Our commitment to open broadband platforms

Google is fighting for the rights of the average user by trying to convince the FCC to adopt the following 4 levels of openness for the soon-to-be-auctioned 700 MHz frequency. They've even put up $4.6 Billion of their own capital to back up their claim. I, for one, hope that Google gains control of the frequency, or at least a huge chunk of it. But even more than that, I hope the FCC adopts these rules, (taken from the Official Google Blog.)

  • 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 their 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.

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