Since Skype petioned the FCC in February, 2007 for a wireless version of the Carterfone decision to order the wireless carriers to allow their customers to escape the "walled garden" and use the handset and applications of their choice, more than 4,000 comments have been filed, and the carriers have taken some voluntary steps towards openness. Verizon announced their Any Apps, Any Device option in November, although details have been slow to emerge. AT&T followed up with a similar announcement, although since their network uses GSM it has always been open to any phone that would accept a SIM card. And of course the FCC auctioned off some 700 MHz spectrum under rules requiring open access.
"Let's take a poll of the audience," said Lowell McAdam, the chief executive and president of Verizon Wireless. "Would any of you like to put any device and any application on any network?"
McAdam was caught off guard as the audience erupted into cheers, applause and a significant number raised their hands.
"I think we have to be careful to not all run to one side of the ship," he said, and then painted a picture of a "Wild West" frontier with unbridled open access.