Apparently an ATS alternative news story I submitted on Saturday August 1 didn't make the cut, for whatever reason, but I'm adding it again here
because I think it is a story related to Sliadon's post on today's corporate reshuffling. Here is the link to last Friday's story in the
Washington Post newspaper about a U.S. government inquiry launched Friday into links between Google, Apple and AT&T:
Briefly, the FCC has launched an inquiry into why the Google Voice application for the Apple iPhone was rejected, who rejected it, what the grounds
were for that rejection, etc. They are certainly looking hard at the anti-trust aspects of this issue.
For example, Sliadon, there may be a connection (or a cause and effect relationship, even) between Friday's FCC inquiry and today's board
resignation by Eric Schmidt. Look for more fireworks as the arguments and connections (conspiracies, even) between Apple, Google, and maybe even AT&T
get hairier. Maybe Google is trying to create distance between itself and Apple, for instance, before the FCC inquiry balloons into a full-fledged
investigation, or even an indictment.
Here is the other link I submitted in my Saturday ATS alternative breaking news story on the greater significance of this FCC investigation:
This Washington Post blogger argues that the wireless world should be at least as open to development as the wired world, now that internet access is
more available on wireless phones. He's making a really important point. Yes, that would change the roles of wireless providers, maybe even reduce
it, but otherwise those who want to use their cellphones for internet access are being unfairly limited in what applications they can use (Google
Voice in this case). The blogger also notes that Skype filed a petition last year to open up wireless applications so that Skype will be available
via wireless internet access.
Folks, there's a new FCC chairman in town, and the wireless internet may never be the same. Time will tell.
Edit: Oops, on the new FCC chairman in town, I mean that in a good way about changes in the wireless internet. It really is time that the Department
of Justice opened up the wireless internet platform. Maybe even the prices will start dropping, ya think?
[edit on 8/3/2009 by Uphill]