Some of the commercial requirements include:
While the rules fall short of Google’s lofty “four
requirements,” they represent a suitable middle ground for wireless
operators -- who wanted no requirements -- and a positive development for US consumers,
whose only wireless options currently consist of tightly controlled services.
The “open platform” requirement was introduced last month,
first surfacing as a vague set of rules from FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. On July
9, Google CEO Eric Schmidt wrote
Martin with a specific plan that expanded the FCC’s rules, which Google saw as
weak. In the letter, Google suggested four specific requirements, which
included a controversial “wholesale” clause that network service be available to
resellers on a wholesale basis. While Martin expressed reservations about
Google’s proposal, he remained optimistic about the FCC’s plan, going so far as
to call the 700 MHz band a “third
pipe” alternative to America’s current cable/DSL duopoly.
Bidding will be anonymous, with bidders’ identities withheld
until the auction’s close.
Finnish cell phone manufacturer Nokia applauded the
decision, calling it “an important step towards meeting consumer demand and
driving further innovation,” in a press release made
public on Tuesday. “We commend the FCC and Chairman Martin for taking the
initiative to promote even greater competition and innovation in the U.S.
wireless industry,” said Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.