Predicting the future of this country's fastest growing, most innovative marketplace is a difficult task. But if the FCC chairman is successful in bringing new spectrum to market and opening more channels for commerce and communications, his legacy will be assured.
The FCC predicts that demand for wireless connectivity could surpass existing capacity as early as next year, with massive deficits soon to follow, resulting in unreliable service and higher connectivity costs.
Congress and the FCC have put themselves at this juncture where they now have to choose between taking strong steps the biggest companies abhor, in order to enable competition -- or actually regulating a broadband monopoly.
The message is clear: Political gridlock and bureaucratic inertia in Washington must take a back seat to the more urgent tasks of moving our economy forward and putting the interests and needs of our citizens first.
What accounts for the different treatment? Why is a million dollars of waste at the GSA a scandal but not tens of billions of dollars at the FCC-NTIA? I believe public ignorance and apathy are the immediate cause of blame.
As a consumer, I want the best-quality devices and apps I can buy. Part of the equation is how much of my bandwidth these devices and apps are going to eat up. I know that, one way or the other, I wind up paying for that bandwidth.
Anything short of this type of personal liability is unlikely to provide agency heads with an adequate incentive to comply with FOIA under circumstances when they believe that compliance could damage their careers.
We are currently facing the greatest threat to first class citizenship, competitiveness, economic growth, and moral fiber as a nation since segregation. A deep digital divide exists at a critical point in our nation's history where we are transitioning from an industrial to a digital society.
The next wave of U.S. mobile innovation now waits on Washington. Mobile entrepreneurs and consumers have thrown a perfect spiral down the field. In the now infamous words of Gisele Bundchen, someone's got to catch it.
I was personally disappointed with the FCC's approach to the AT&T/T-Mobile merger because the Commission failed to address our country's fundamental communications infrastructure problem -- mobile devices need more bandwidth.