Wasn't Google supposed to be different? The company literally markets Google Fiber as "a different kind of Internet." "Everyone else does it" isn't much of an excuse. If Google is such an innovator, why can't it innovate its terms of service?
By the 2015 school year, every school should have access to 100 Megabits and by the end of the decade, 1 Gigabit. If it can be done in Mooresville, NC, we can do it in every school district in every state.
Freeing up more spectrum for consumers, enabling the transition to all-Internet based networks, and working collaboratively with the tech industry to ensure an investment-friendly framework -- there's no doubt Wheeler's dance card will certainly be full if he is confirmed to lead FCC.
Voice Link is like a cell phone from a decade ago -- before there was 'data'. Voice Link is a box put into the home with an antenna, but it can not do almost any data application that is part of the traditional utility-based phone network.
While you could easily take the cynical view and declare allocating more spectrum for wireless is long overdue, it's worth remembering that mobile broadband -- and the mobile app industry it has sparked -- is still in its infancy.
Many in the public interest community see Wheeler's insider status as more of a minus than a plus. Wheeler's confirmation hearing in the Senate today is the nominee's best chance to prove these skeptics wrong.
The President's education innovation goals are admirable. However, for those of us who have already been accomplishing much of these goals and programs in the past 2-3 decades, in multiple locations throughout the nation, some questions emerge.
One thing is clear, freeing up more spectrum for commercial wireless use will foster innovation -- leading to new or improved apps and services that have and will continue to empower minority and rural communities.
Putting spectrum to its most productive use is the best way to serve consumers, especially Hispanics and others for whom wireless is a critical gateway to jobs, education, and other life-enriching experiences.
With an FTC investigation in the rearview mirror, it's no surprise that Google's Larry Page took a few potshots at government regulators and their inability to keep up with the dynamism of the tech sector during the company's recent I/O event. The question is, were his criticisms valid?
Government will make decisions which could positively impact how we use our smartphones to communicate, conduct business, get directions, ect. These key decisions could determine what kind of choices we'll have for mobile connections -- and what they will cost.
As a consummate industry insider and elite rainmaker, it's really no surprise that Wheeler is getting this job. More surprising perhaps is that so many people with public interest bona fides seem to think he's such a good choice.
The incumbent phone companies were supposed to compete with each other for wireline/broadband services as each merger to make these companies larger was based on commitments to compete out of region. Now it's all one, big, happy family.