Posted by: Joan Marsh on August 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm
It’s now day four of the aftermath of the Verizon-Google net neutrality announcement and the number of voices weighing in on the matter continues to grow. Monday’s news fanned what was already a passionate discussion. And it also brought into focus a critical aspect of the net neutrality debate – the treatment of wireless networks in any net neutrality regime.
There is much misinformation out there about this issue, as well as a genuine lack of understanding about the limits technology and physics impose on wireless networks. It was therefore a pleasant surprise to read Fortune’s take on the matter.
The article’s opening line sums it up: “Unrestricted access rules for wireless networks would hurt users more than help them. They just don’t realize it.” We’ve been making this point for several months now but we can’t emphasize it enough: wireless is simply different.
Wireless broadband is an extraordinary technology and has led to countless innovative (and really cool) mobile services. It has completely altered how we communicate, play, consume news and information and watch videos. It plays an enormous role in our daily lives, and it will continue to do so at an ever-increasing pace. But we have huge challenges ahead, defined by the ever-constant struggle between capacity and demand.