Skype Gets A Tongue Lashing

Skype made a bold move in February and filed a petition with the FCC requesting they apply their consumer broadband principals to the wireless industry. The response? Verizon Wireless, AT&T and CTIA are fighting back. These carriers claim spectrum limitations and unique network management issues. Also, because VoIP is not optimized for wireless it consumes more bandwidth than circuit-switched calls. CTIA goes a step further in its criticism and says that Skype is asking the FCC to adopt their business model and taking away the consumer benefits derived from competition. Skype’s response claims that the initial ruling in 2005 was limited in that it didn’t consider the implications of smartphones and that the carriers are actually blocking competition from VoIP providers. The FCC is currently reviewing the situation and taking comments on the carrier responses.
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