A Free The iPhone Coalition has just been started up with the goal of convincing Congress and the FCC to toss out the five-year exclusivity period between AT&T and the Apple iPhone.
Web site visitors are being asked to sign the following petition:
Dear FCC and Congress,
The iPhone has set the stage for the future of mobile Internet — but bad policies allow companies like AT&T and Verizon to shackle great gadgets to their closed networks.
To free wireless Internet, the FCC and Congress must use the 700MHz spectrum auction to create an open network that gives consumers:
- The freedom to use whatever device we want on any network.
- The freedom to choose among many providers in a competitive wholesale marketplace.
- The freedom to access any content or services we want through our devices.
My take on this issue may surprise some of you who have come to know that I am often in favor of legislation and regulatory measures to provide greater consumer freedom.
I say let AT&T and Apple keep up their exclusive iPhone carrier contract, but only for one year.
Stop, hey what's that sound?