Tim Wu has an article in Slate explaining why the iPhone isn't revolutionary. The arguments are familiar to supporters of wireless net neutrality: the iPhone is locked to a single carrier, it can't do VoIP, and only runs applications that Apple and AT&T approve. “By design, the iPhone embodies the opposite of what made the Apple II so successful.”
Frontline vice-chairman Reed Hundt challenged Verizon to a public debate over the merits of Frontline's auction rule proposals, while AT&T mused that it might accept an open-access provision to the auction:
AT&T Senior VP Robert Quinn Jr. said a hybrid nationwide wholesale network is not out of the question for his company. “It's a different business model for us, but one that we'd be looking at,” Quinn said. “If, in the end, that spectrum is attached to public safety, and for example there's a wholesale requirement, we'll take a look at it.”
AT&T continues to expand as it bought the rural wireless carrier Dobson Communication for $2.8 billion. The rural market represents one of AT&T's last markets for acquisitions, as most other areas' small carriers have either folded or have already been bought.
EMI has made a deal with Snocap to sell its music through Snocap's MyStores, online music vending machines that can be placed on any website. Individual MySpace users can add the MyStore widegets to their personal sites, though all the sales will go to Snocap and EMI. EMI is the first major label to sell their songs through Snocap in an interoperable format; Warner Music previously made a deal with Snocap, but sold their music in a format incompatible with iPods.