Google pledges to open up the world

I'm not totally sure I understand all of the implications of this yet, but this seems big. Very big. Google is bidding on an FCC wireless service auction, with a $4.6 billion bid. They basically want the following:

# Open applications: consumers should be able to download and utilize any software applications, content, or services they desire;
# Open devices: consumers should be able to utilize their handheld communications device with whatever wireless network they prefer;
# Open services: third parties (resellers) should be able to acquire wireless services from a 700 MHz licensee on a wholesale basis, based on reasonably nondiscriminatory commercial terms; and
# Open networks: third parties (like Internet service providers) should be able to interconnect at any technically feasible point in a 700 MHz licensee's wireless network

This is crazy, just crazy. The world will be much different in a couple years' time if this goes through. Read Google's full release here.


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