Skype responds to FCC Chairman Martin's keynote remarks

In today's keynote address, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin announced that the commission was going to deny Skype’s petition to apply the "Carterphone" rules to the mobile phone industry.

Skype later issued a response to the chairman's remarks expressing disappointment with the chairman's comments and that the petition was consistent with the recent 700 MHz auction.

"Without Commission oversight in the area, the FCC will have taken a step backward away from openness, and toward a policy of 'trust the carriers.' While we are cautiously optimistic that the carriers will deliver greater openness, unfortunately, if the FCC acts on the Chairman's reccommendation, it will have given up any tools to protect consumers if they do not," says Christopher Libertelli, Skype's Senior Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs in a release.