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Skype, Apple, and the Carriers. Thoughts from CTIA Wireless 2009 in Las Vegas. By Phil Wolff, Skype Journal

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    • Power, Freedom and Money Skype, Apple, and the Carriers April 2009 – Skype Journal Phil Wolff, @evanwolf
    • It sounds innocent enough.
    • Apple says iPhone is a computer that looks like a phone.
    • Carrier says: no Skype?
    • Apple says: we'll write a little no-VoIP clause in the developer contract, don't worry, AT&T.
    • Time passes
    • iPhone becomes a game changing success
    • More time passes
    • Skype launches their iPhone app
    • Millions of people squeal with glee
    • Millions of people squeal with glee and download
    • Skype tops iTunes app store charts worldwide
    • And then they try to Skype
    • And then they try to Skype while walking around or driving
    • And can't.
    • Not allowed.
    • Skype says: Look at Apple, they forced us.
    • Apple says: Look at AT&T, they forced us.
    • AT&T says: It's our service. take it or leave it.
    • Citizens ask: What is the difference between a PC and a mobile phone?
    • Why is it evil for ISPs like AT&T and Deutsche Telekom to control my PC experience?
    • ISPs for PCs shall not control What I see
    • ISPs for PCs shall not control What I say
    • ISPs for PCs shall not control What software I use
    • ISPs for PCs shall not control What gear I use
    • Because that would be wrong
    • Why can they say quot;noquot; when I do the same thing on my mobile?
    • Even on a mobile computer?
    • Why does my freedom end there?
    • And what can I do about it?
    • Skype picks fights
    • David v. Goliath et al fights
    • 2007
    • Skype petitions the US Federal Communications
    • The Carterfone decision let you plug any phone into the wall of your home (just don’t harm the phone system)
    • “Mobile Carterfone:” FCC would force mobile carriers to permit consumers to use any device on a network
    • Skype says: “Mobile Carterfone” will improve: customer choice, competition, innovation
    • Carriers fight Skype’s six page letter with a multimillion dollar lobbying, astroturfing, and PR campaign
    • Outcome: The FCC doesn’t act.
    • 2008
    • The big US mobile operators say they are open and getting more open
    • Mobile operators swear allegiance to all things open, so the FCC and the American people should be happy
    • Skype writes the FCC, details their lies and distortions
    • Outcome: Egg on carrier faces Lots of industry press No mainstream notice Carriers still behave badly
    • 2009
    • Skype for iPhone launches
    • Skype points out AT&T blocks mobile Skype calling
    • AT&T forced to justify anticompetitive, anti-consumer, anti-Skype practices
    • 2006, 2007, 2008 Skype argues US government must act.
    • Force meaningful consumer choice
    • Protect civil liberties
    • Lower barriers to competition
    • Open access to wireless networks
    • Let Skypers Skype
    • Outcome: We'll see
    • Is Skype picking good fights to fight?
    • How loud will people shout for the freedom to Skype away from Wi-Fi?
    • Will consumer pull sway carriers to permit Skype?
    • Or will citizen activism regulate open access?