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Google Calls Out Verizon Over Lawsuit

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Verizon Wireless has sued to prevent the eventual winner of the 700MHz wireless spectrum from conforming with FCC requirements for open devices and applications.

A little openness would be a bad thing, if we are to believe Verizon Wireless. Google’s Public Policy blog wants everyone to know just what Verizon thinks of the requirements for the auction:

Earlier this week, Verizon Wireless filed a lawsuit against the FCC’s rules that would require the eventual winner of the spectrum offer open devices and applications. They called the rules “arbitrary and capricious, unsupported by substantial evidence and otherwise contrary to law.”

Verizon makes for an easy target, and Google takes full advantage. "It’s regrettable that Verizon has decided to use the court system to try to prevent consumers from having any choice of innovative services," Google’s Chris Sacca wrote.

Sacca also noted that Verizon’s suit considers the rules “arbitrary and capricious, unsupported by substantial evidence and otherwise contrary to law.” Verizon would be even more livid if the full set of proposed rules had made it into the auction.

Open applications and devices were nice rules for the FCC to apply, but of the four Google suggested these are the least important. Open services and networks would have been the true drivers of technological growth in wireless, but the FCC cowardly backed away from adopting those.

Google Calls Out Verizon Over Lawsuit
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