Unhappy with the requirements, however, Verizon has asked a federal court to overturn FCC’s open-access rules, calling them "arbitrary and capricious, unsupported by substantial evidence and otherwise contrary to law." Google, a potential bidder in the auction, is critical of Verizon's lawsuit:
"It's regrettable that Verizon has decided to use the court system to try to prevent consumers from having any choice of innovative services," wrote Chris Sacca, Google's head of special initiatives. "Once again, it is American consumers who lose from these tactics."
The auction is currently scheduled to begin on January 16, 2008 and the stakes are growing by the day. If Verizon succeeds in overturning the open-access rules, then Google will likely bow out of the auction. We’ll have to wait and see where this goes.