Given FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's early support for open access provisions in the upcoming 700 MHz auction (which Google lobbied for), it should come as no surprise that Martin has expressed his support for Google's latest project: an open platform for mobile handsets called Android.
"As I noted when we adopted open network rules for our upcoming spectrum auction, I continue to believe that more openness, at the network, device, or application level, helps foster innovation and enhances consumers' freedom and choice in purchasing wireless service," Martin said a statement.
The open access provisions in the spectrum auction, which is set to take place in late January, will require the winning bidder of a certain slice of the spectrum to allow any device and any application to connect or be available on the network.
For more on Martin's support for Android:
- check out this article from News.com