Whenever I read about Verizon and their open access program I have to wonder how many more intepretations or uses of the term "openness" there could possibly be!?
Let's look at Europe for a minute. Ever since the type approval scheme for mobile devcies came to an end in the later part of the 1990's anyone could bring GSM and later UMTS mobile devices on the market and they could be used in all of the networks independently from the blessing of any network operator. SIM cards and devices are separated since back in the 1980's and I am only a SIM card away from using any device in any network. I would call this "openness".
Has it harmed the industry and the networks in the past decade? Quite the contrary I would argue and real live shows the result of this policy. The ecosystem is flourishing, networks are (mostly) properly built and maintained and healthy competition has prices (mostly) on an affordable level.
Perhaps the picture is painted a bit too rosy and and doubtlessly, things could still be improved. But compare that to the so called "open access" or "open development" program of Verizon where you still have to go through their lab and get their blessing before you can sell the device. On top of that, once you have an EVDO or LTE device that works on Verizon's particular (LTE) band you have to go back to them again if you want to sell your device to customers. I'd call this a "pretty firm grip". In other words, the devices have to work in a monopoly situation and the monopolist still has to give blessing before you can use their "open" network. Is this openness?
But perhaps I am missing something here? If so, please enlighten me with a comment.