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Wireless Oligopoly Is Smother of Invention | Epicenter | Wired.com
Tuesday 15 Jun 2010, 05:51
Filed under: Electronics and Computers

Wireless Oligopoly Is Smother of Invention | Epicenter | Wired.com.

If the people who brought us television had played by the same rules that today’s wireless carriers impose — we’d probably all be listening to the radio.

Which is a nice way of saying the wireless industry — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile — needs some ground rules that make clear they are common carriers that get the right to rent the airwaves by abiding by fair rules.

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3 Comments

You don’t support net neutrality do you? That will destroy further advancements.

Comment by Joshua Woods

Let me give you an example of living in South Korea. You can get a cell either free, or next to nothing from people who have upgraded, or more commonly transferred out to another duty station in the world. Now to activate that cell phone, I just went to any cell shop, paid a little fee, and got minutes to boot. I didn’t have to find a particular store or anything. Now, to put minutes on the card, I just went to any cell store, and was done. I wish for the same thing in the US.

Comment by capdiamont

I agree it does sound convenient but if every piece of data were allowed equal privileges on every network, no one would invest time and money into creating a faster network or new cell towers because there would be no personal gain.

Comment by Joshua Woods




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