In hopes of pursuing a new market for its free Internet calling software, Skype has asked the FCC to rule that consumers have the right to use the equipment and software of their choice on any wireless network as long as such equipment is incapable of causing damage to the network. Skype, an Internet phone service provider owned by eBay, cited in its petition the FCC’s 1968 Carterfone decision, which allowed the attachment of non-AT&T devices, including two-way mobile radio and other equipment, to AT&T’s legacy telephone network as long as no harm was caused to the AT&T telephone system. Experts credit the Carterfone ruling with spurring the development of technologies such as fax machines and Internet modems. Skype argues that the principles outlined in Carterfone should be extended to today’s wireless industry, in which carriers control the choice of handsets and the features and content carried on those handsets. Two days before the filing of Skype’s petition, a prominent Columbia University law professor published a report that criticizes wireless industry practices such as phone locking (which prevents cellular phones from working on more than one network) and that advocates the extension of the Carterfone rules and the FCC’s net neutrality principles to the wireless industry. Asserting, “we want to allow our users to use the Skype software wherever they are,” an official of Skype explained: “we want to make sure the policy is set in the right direction so that when Skype users want to use it on mobile devices, they’ll be able to.” Claiming that “Skype’s ‘recommendations’ will freeze the innovation and choice hundreds of millions of consumers enjoy today,” Steve Largent, the CEO of wireless association CTIA, proclaimed: “the call for imposing monopoly era Carterfone rules to today’s vibrant market is unmistakably the wrong number.”