FEATURE: What Is Open Access?

By Andrew Seybold

The FCC has issued its Report and Order for the 700 MHz auctions and to no one's surprise, the biggest block of spectrum up for auction, 22 MHz, has the restriction that the successful bidder permit any approved device and any application or software to be downloaded over the network. This is not what Google wanted, but it is a partial victory for the open access promoters. Or is it?

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