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Good and Bad in Telecommunications

Two Wall Street Journal headlines that impact us all:

1. Good:  Verizon gets it!

"Verizon Wireless’s decision to open its network means
that customers will be able to buy cellphones from rival companies and use them
on Verizon’s network."

This is a lesson for all companies. You can fight a trend, or get ahead of it. It is clear that sooner or later the US cell companies were going to have to open things up.  You can fight to the death and be a bad guy (hello, RIAA), or jump to the head of the line and be a hero.

2. Bad:  Cable still evil

FCC commissioners refused to support Chairman Kevin
Martin’s proposal to increase regulation over the cable industry.

The rat bastards in the cable industry, specifically Comcast, deserve all the regulation they can get.  And a kick in the head. And while we’re at it, let’s throw the rest of their consumer-abusing monopolist CEOs in prison (at least those who aren’t already there).

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  1. Peter November 28, 2007 at 2:32 pm #

    After spending five years as a marketing analyst in telecom I can tell you that Verizon has always bet on their network superiority trumping all the advances in hardware that the rest of the (largely GSM-based) industry was enjoying. That strategy will be pretty much irrelevant in 2008 as the world is faced with the decision over whether to buy an iPhone or one of the Google phones. Unfortunately, this move may be coming a little late with the advantages of CDMA becoming less and less pronounced and AT&T back in the game. My contract is up in April and I’m going to need a really good reason not to run to one of AT&T’s iPhones.

  2. Craig Rentmeester December 5, 2007 at 11:22 pm #

    I like this post, but not for the content necessarily. Rather, I think it speaks to your character, being that GasPedal has done work for Sprint, but yet you’re sharing news/insight about one its competitors. Many people wouldn’t have the courage to do so.
    Keep up the great work.

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