Tech at Night: LightSquared, AT&T, T-Mobile, Google

On September 22, 2011, in General, by Neil Stevens
Tech at Night

I’ve basically got three topics for tonight’s edition. It’s sad that two of them are government antitrust actions. I suppose elections do have consequences, and one key consequence of Barack Obama’s election is corporatist selection of winners and losers in the marketplace.

The third main topic: Alleged corruption. I’m still playing the role of skeptic on accusations that the Obama administration is playing favorites in favor of LightSquared, the firm that has been caught in a regulatory quagmire over GPS issues it may have found a workaround for.

I want more 4G competition, but I also welcome Darrell Issa giving the LightSquared/Obama matter some oversight. I’d love to have a clear answer to this question. I can’t support fake competition brought about by corruption. I reject Obama propping up Sprint Nextel and if it turns out that Obama is propping up LightSquared then I reject that as well.

Which brings us to the next topic: AT&T and T-Mobile against the Department of Justice.

A trial date next year has been set for the Obama/Holder lawsuit against AT&T. Remember these facts though: Even Verizon admits the spectrum issue, even as the firm uses the lack of 4G competition to try for some rents. Plus we’re supposed to believe that T-Mobile would challenge the top providers when it’s not even getting the iPhone. Also, even Sprint Nextel and Cellular South admit there’s tons of competition.

Guess what? Patent lawyering is a drag on industry, and we just passed a pro-patent lawyering bill. Isn’t that swell?

The Search Neutrality chickens are coming home to roost at Google, but it doesn’t mean the pro-regulatory forces are right. Even Progressive hero Teddy Roosevelt didn’t think all big firms were bad.

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