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FCC Will Tell Wireless Carriers “Tear Down These Walls”

Smash Phone 300x199 FCC Will Tell Wireless Carriers Tear Down These WallsIn a move reminiscent of Ronald Reagan standing on the Berlin Wall yelling, “Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Julius Genachowski, head of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) may be proposing the same thing, on an internet level, to the wireless carriers on Monday.

The term for this is “Net Neutrality” and its effect will be to force wireless carriers to allow ALL traffic on their networks with no restrictions and will make good on a campaign promise of President Barack Obama.

Net Neutrality simply means allowing a customer to go where ever they want using whatever application they want when connected to the wireless network.  Currently wireless carriers can restrict the sites you visit and the applications you use to try and limit your exposure to harmful servers and restrict your ability to download illegal software, the latter of which is usually very bandwidth intensive.

Now I’m going to weigh in with my opinion.  Let me say first off that I love freedom.  Heck it’s what our great country was built on, but in this case I object to this action.  Here I see the rights of a company being taken away by the government, in a move that will have a devastating effect on the wireless carriers and more specifically, to the users that rely on them.

To further illustrate my point, one only has to look at AT&T and the introduction of the iPhone to their network.  The problem was that they were wholly unprepared for the massive onslaught of data usage that iPhone users would need and as such have had network issues galore.

“We believe that this kind of regulation is unnecessary in the competitive wireless space as it would prevent carriers from managing their networks — such as curtailing viruses and other harmful content — to the benefit of their consumers,” said Chris Guttman-McCabe, vice president of regulatory affairs for CTIA, the wireless industry’s trade group.

The FCC is not completely blind to the ramifications of such a shift in policy and has promised to take into consideration the bandwidth limitations faced by wireless carriers.

The next step will be for the FCC to open a formal rule-making session at the FCC’s October meeting.

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Daniel Black is the President and CEO of MobiMadness, Inc. Over the last 4 decades Dan has been an IT Director, Project Manager, Firefighter, EMT, and Army Staff Sergeant (retired).

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