Verizon says "No Bueno" to open access according ccording to InternetNews.COM
WASHINGTON – Verizon Wireless told Congress today consumers would suffer if open access requirements are imposed on the January spectrum auction that is expected to open a new era in wireless broadband services.
The nation's second largest wireless carrier hopes to be a major bidder for the spectrum being vacated by television broadcasters converting to digital signals.
Open access requirements, however, could leave Verizon Wireless, AT&T (Quote), and other incumbent carriers on the sidelines come January since their business models are built on closed networks.
"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," Steven Zipperstein, Verizon Wireless' general counsel, told the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. Ream More