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FCC Chairman to Seek Dismissal of Skype’s Plea for Open Access to Wireless Networks (pdf)

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said Tuesday that he will seek to dismiss a petition from Internet phone provider Skype asking the agency to force wireless carriers to open their networks to all devices and software applications.

In a keynote speech at the CTIA Wireless convention, Martin said recent moves by such carriers as Verizon Wireless and AT&T to open their networks show that the industry doesn’t need such regulatory action.

“In light of the industry’s embrace of a more open wireless platform, it would be premature to adopt any other requirements across the industry,” Martin said to applause from the audience of industry executives.

Almost everyone who’s written about this notes the applause.