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In an Op-Ed type of guest column in Forbes, founder and CEO of Level3 Jim Crowe has called out the FCC, AT&T and Verizon in what could become the firestarter of a battle in Washington, D.C. over wired and wireless access. It's a far reaching but clear "slap in the face" to get a fight going.
Basically, Crowe has used the facts that the two large incumbant carriers, AT&T and Verizon, use predatory pricing schemes to provide access to the wired networks as a way to force wireless carriers to be locked into them.
Crowe further alleges that the two are thus keeping costs higher for the end user of mobile technology and in essence is calling for another break up of the system.
The piece is very well written, lays out a cogent argument and clearly states the case, much like what MCI did back in the 80s to open up the market for alternative long distance carriers to have access to the phone system directly. The op-ed piece also has enough in it to get others on board with him, and has the makings of a rallying cry.
We'll see if anyone joins him...