Tech Cycles and Net Neutrality Tim Wu’s The Master Switch. Marcus Nappier Robbie Kemp Michael Denfeld. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v = mbl-AqVfSik. Monopolies: natural r esults of capitalism or bloodsucking results of laziness? A. Smith vs. J. Schumpeter Money vs. Innovation
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Corporate fear of destruction results in trying (and often succeeding) to suppress and stunt innovation
BUSINESS DETERMINISM product absolutely destroys/cripples old product
CORPORATE VS. INNOVATORS
ULTIMATE CONVENIENCE; LITTLE CHOICE
Western Union Dominance
1984 Breakup of AT&T, Rise of Internet, Apple, Google
Rise of Telegraph
iWorld, New AT&T
Rise of AT&T, Monopolistic Gains in Multiple Mediums
Radio Signal Innovation, “Garage Tinkerers”
Bell, Others create Telephony
Average Joe’s Interpretation of his personal technology
ULTIMATE FREEDOM; LITTLE INTUITIVITY
Cross Reference, anyone? product absolutely destroys/cripples old product
A closed system
Apple’s control over its products and its attempt to control the market.
Wu: What comes next is a battle of territory. That is exactly what has been happening to this day. The mobile phone market, along with the revolutionary tablet market will be a hotly debated contest between these two for a long time. –pg. 402
“First, transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services. Second, no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services. Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.”
However, these boundaries enforced by the FCC have come under fire from large corporations since the debate of net neutrality began in 2006.
---Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge
-Do we see a rise of an information empire with the internet—Apple? Google? If not, is it because of competition or is there something truly different about the technology?
-Does net neutrality truly limit innovation, or would free data usage for specific applications make new app developers strive for even greater success?
-What would it take for Apple and Google to change their ways? Apple to become open and Google to become a closed system. Is this how we have grown to expect these companies to be? Do we want them to change or stay the same?