Defending its petition, filed with the FCC in February, that seeks the extension of Carterfone rules to the wireless industry, Skype Communications told the agency on Tuesday that carrier fears of interference and undue regulation were unfounded, as Skype expressed confidence that the FCC can find a “responsible middle ground.” In its 1968 Carterfone decision, the FCC allowed customers of the legacy AT&T wireline system to attach unbundled devices of their choice to the AT&T network as long as the devices caused no harm to that network. Urging the application of Carterfone rules and net neutrality principles outlined in the FCC’s 2005 Broadband Policy Statement (BPS) to the wireless industry, Skype argues that carrier policies requiring subscribers to purchase “locked” handsets that work only on a specific carrier’s network stifle competition and customer choice. Responding to objections raised in comments filed last month, Skype denied it is “seeking to overturn the carrier practice of subsidizing handsets and bundling their sale with that of wireless service,” claiming that the goal is to convince the FCC to “examine whether carriers are living up to the requirement of the 1992 [consumer premises equipment] bundling order that they give subscribers a meaningful opportunity to use an unbundled handset on the carriers’ network.” Addressing opponents’ assertions that Skype’s request will lead to burdensome regulation, Skype stated that, “by affirming the applicability of the [BPS], the Commission will take an important first step in ensuring that consumer choice is promoted—all without saddling the wireless industry with unnecessary regulation.” Wireless association CTIA had earlier warned, however, that “disassociating wireless service and handsets would degrade network performance, increase interference, impair compliance with important social obligations and undermine network and device security.” Skype questioned CTIA’s claims, observing that “carriers themselves suggest that consumers may purchase handsets independently and use them with their wireless services (consistent with the terms of the 1992 ‘CPE Bundling Order’), suggesting that the attachment of independent . . . devices will not cause harm to their networks.”