April 13, 2017
As a B2B publications editor, when I pen an editorial (and most of my contemporaries do the same), I try to put forth something of value and keep my personal opinion out of it (most of the time, anyway) And, for the most part, I have been told I am relatively successful at that. But occasionally I just can’t keep my opinion to myself and I have go on a Dennis Miller-type rant – here it comes.
I am very concerned that this new political regime is going to have far reaching effects on the wireless industry. And so far, their directions seem to be good for the mega-corporations and bad for everybody else.
The recent Senate vote to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations – a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information so they can expand their own online ad businesses. This, to me, is a step backwards in the privacy arena and goes against all gains in privacy that have been made recently. And, the current noise to try and roll back some, if not all, of the net neutrality act is troubling, as well. I can see advertisers and marketers all over the place doing a happy dance, at the expense of your privacy – and this looks like only the beginning.
While I am all for capitalism and free enterprise, the economic world is full of inequity so playing fields need to be leveled. Money shouldn’t be able to talk, power shouldn’t be able to bully and there needs to be some protection of those that may not be able to fully take care of themselves.
While the above sentence is, of course, naïve and I sound like an old hippie, greed, money and power have a way of skewing the equation. And a good government’s job is to keep the playing field as level as possible.
I don’t see that happening with the current populist leadership. And having an administration in control all segments of congress, as well as the presidency, be it republican or democratic, just isn’t a good idea.
While I expect my opinion here to be dismissed and opposed, I believe that the current elected and appointed bureaucracy will go too far in the direction of big business, at the cost to most of the populous. While there are many topics where that applies, the future of the wireless industry, especially, could have some major bumps in the road as this administration pushes it’s political and economic agenda. And, it seems to be allowing the development of 5G, the Internet of Everything/Everyone (IoX), and various other technologies, to be manipulated by those who have the most money and power (aka, big carriers and mega-corporations developing such technologies).
To the dismay of some in the industry, the last administration did put into place some regulations that, IMHO, were good for the industry. I have been a fan of net neutrality from the git-go and if one takes a look at who opposes it, it appears to be those with big money and a vested interest in those players. The same is true for privacy. And to me it looks suspiciously driven by big business greed.
This regime, to me, seems to be all about governmental power and control. It is never a good idea for government to be so one-sided. And in this case, the wireless industry (the subscribers mainly) will, in the long run, likely suffer from it.