Some might say it is time to rethink our national communications policy. But even that’s obsolete. I’d start with a simple idea. There is no such thing as voice or text or music or TV shows or video. They are all just data. We need a national data policy, and here are four suggestions:
- End phone exclusivity. Any device should work on any network. Data flows freely.
- Transition away from “owning” airwaves. As we’ve seen with license-free bandwidth via Wi-Fi networking, we can share the airwaves without interfering with each other. Let new carriers emerge based on quality of service rather than spectrum owned. Cellphone coverage from huge cell towers will naturally migrate seamlessly into offices and even homes via Wi-Fi networking. No more dropped calls in the bathroom.
- End municipal exclusivity deals for cable companies. TV channels are like voice pipes, part of an era that is about to pass. A little competition for cable will help the transition to paying for shows instead of overpaying for little-watched networks. Competition brings de facto network neutrality and open access (if you don’t like one service blocking apps, use another), thus one less set of artificial rules to be gamed.
- Encourage faster and faster data connections to our homes and phones. It should more than double every two years. To homes, five megabits today should be 10 megabits in 2011, 25 megabits in 2013 and 100 megabits in 2017. These data-connection speeds are technically doable today, with obsolete voice and video policy holding it back.
Technology doesn’t wait around, so it’s all going to happen anyway.…The FCC better not treat AT&T and Verizon like Citigroup, GM and the Post Office. Cellphone operators aren’t too big to fail. Rather, the telecom sector is too important to be allowed to hold back the rest of us.
Andy Keessler no Wall Street Journal
Vou fugir um pouco dos posts técnicos habituais para citar as idéias de Andy Kessler, que nem imaginava quem era até hoje, quando li no DailyWireless sobre as idéias dele, que achei bastante interessantes, por isso transcrevo trecho abaixo. É interessante notar como lá (EUA) a idéia é liberar ainda mais o que já é liberado (mercado), enquanto aqui ainda nos prendemos a paradigmas que já não se aplicam mais, pelo menos ao mercado de TI e Telecom.