Supercomm was cancelled for 2010
. While it would interesting to talk about this from the conference side, I will make the assumption that other people will take that opportunity and try to talk about it from a different perspective.
CES was hoping and the buzz was around various forms of wireless use. Ford with Sync, Microsoft
with KIA, Wireless devices and devices using wireless were all around most of them Internet enabled.
Mobile World Congress is going on in Barcelona and it's expected to do well next week.
I want to point out that these events are following the money which is no longer about the network its about the consumers freedom of choice.
As congress and the FCC
contend with the legacy of the PSTN the new network is flourishing and its not about wireless its about customer choice. The wireless world may still have the same issues facing it that their fixed line brothers faced. Brough Turner points out that over 90% of the packets on any network head for the Internet.
If I were at the FCC I would be ready to advocate that its time to treat all networks as if they were accessing the Internet. Looking at competition not based on the technology but on the services and the primary services. Voice, video and data are probably going to converge at some point as well with the over the top (internet) model
Legacy service providers are looking for protection, but government should praise itself for enabling the competitive landscape we are heading for rather than embedding old rules into the new environment.
In these days of government bail outs its hard to see what is the economic downturn versus technological progress.
If the goal of net neutrality is to support the progress, I would contend it's to dynamic a market to codify. If its to protect the applications from abuses by the legacy networks, I am not sure its needed.