EFF mentions “unmetered” once
regarding how the duopoly currently
says “unlimited” yet stifles BitTorrent or whatever else it thinks
is too much.
George Ou flips that one word around:
EFF wants to saddle you with metered Internet service.
You know, I remember real metered pay-per-byte telephone charges,
where Ma Bell would charge you a flat rate for the first three minutes
and cash in for every minute thereafter,
and the European PTTs would also add in exorbitant international fees.
That’s not what EFF is recommending.
AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson announced next year’s 3G iPhone a few weeks before
this year’s iPhone’s likely biggest sales over the holidays:
So what’s up? Was it a simple slip? Or is the guy so out of touch with
reality that he doesn’t realize that with a few words he has probably
deferred — maybe forever — at least a million new customers worth to
Wall Street at least $1 billion in market cap for his company?
I don’t think Stephenson’s statement was by accident and I don’t think
he is out of touch with reality. I think, instead, he was sending a $1
billion message to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
When Networks Collide: AT&T suddenly doesn’t like Apple so much.
By Robert X. Cringely,
29 November 2007
Well, it could be either.
This is the same AT&T that couldn’t produce its own iPhone and
had to make a deal with Apple; AT&T could be so out of touch
that it doesn’t know what it’s doing in this announcement.
And maybe Stephenson resents that so much that he does want to
hurt Apple even if it hurts AT&T.
If he thinks he can get away with it, it amounts to the same as being
out of touch, because Apple could produce an unlocked iPhone and sell
it on all AT&T’s networks, especially if Stephenson gives Jobs
enough excuse to break Apple’s contract with AT&T.
Or, as Cringely points out, Apple could join Google in bidding for 700Mhz
spectrum, or enable its Apple computers for VoIP, or come up with something
else that isn’t covered by the existing contract.
Jobs and Apple know how to innovate.
No wonder AT&T is scared.
AT&T tried to impress Texas legislators by streaming the
football game in high definition:
“I’d never seen a football game on a big screen like that.
It didn’t look very good.”
—Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, quoted in
UNDER THE DOME
Most Austin reps skipped football game – and lobby party,
W. Gardner Selby,
Saturday, December 01, 2007
I’m not sure AT&T wanted that kind of reaction to watching a
Texas football team in Austin, the capital of the second most
The local cableco in Austin, Time Warner, didn’t have the game
(Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers),
which was on the NFL Network, which has a deal with AT&T.
Most legislators didn’t even show up to watch.
Interesting, considering that legislators and regulators are
the real audience of the duopoly.