The Cantenna, with its overhyped "4G" service, is ostensibly "designed for use in rural and remote homes that can't get DSL or cable." Verizon has been rolling out Cantenna to rural areas so that they don't have to bother upgrading the wires.
The good news is that you can now share buckets of data across devices and there are no limits on voice calls and text messages. The bad news is that it's likely to cost more for people with only a single device.
Eliminating competition undoubtedly sounds like a great plan in the corporate boardrooms and on Wall Street. But the rest of us continue to struggle with job insecurity, hard times and severe cuts in essential services.
The goal: to wrest control of our democracy back from the robber barons and CEOs that systematically block any effort to create an economy and a body politic that serves the needs of the vast majority of Americans and not the elite few.
For the last 20 years, the nation's major telecom companies have been playing the public and regulatory officials for fools. Now they're claiming they shouldn't be obliged to provide affordable landline service to everyone anymore, as they take the money and run to wireless.
The idea of big companies continuing to control their markets, and control the behavior of consumers, continues to march on. Even now, two major deals are proceeding apace, one in telecom and one in the entertainment world.
On the menu are AT&T's failed takeover of T-Mobile, a bill to set rules for spectrum auctions, a payroll tax bill pending in Congress, a bill to change FCC procedures, and Verizon's planned collaboration with Comcast and other cable companies.
If corporations were people, here's a bit of advice: Don't enter into a Survivor game if Verizon is a contestant. Verizon shows an uncanny ability to get what it wants with a minimum of fuss, even if it means cutting out erstwhile partners.