Cellco unhappy with open access plans

16 Jul 2007

Verizon Wireless has spoken out against moves by the US telecoms regulator, the FCC, to promote open access in the 700MHz band. FCC chairman Kevin Martin last week said that he was in favour of giving consumers control over what device and application they used to access services in that band, with firms such as Google lobbying hard for such an open access approach. But, according to report from Internetnews.com, Verizon Wireless’ general counsel Steven Zipperstein has told the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications: ‘The one-size-fits-all mentality that characterizes open access regimes for the wireless industry would begin the process of stifling innovation and creativity in our industry.’ The cellco wants current restrictions on spectrum use to be maintained.