Look for the cable guys to get a little more aggressive adding wireless to service packages. After selling spectrum to Verizon Comcast and Time Warner entered into agreements to sell wireless products that will utilize V’s network. Customers connected via Clear’s network will be transitioned to Verizon, ending the Clearwire partnership.
While this will be a big revenue hit for cash burning Clearwire, it also frees it from the product and price restrictions the cable guys had imposed. Unfortunately Clearwire, it’s probably too late to take advantage of this new freedom even if it’s management was up to the task. I expect for Clearwire will go bust early next year with Sprint absorbing most of its assets and customer base.
The new Verizon arrangement does give the cable guys tremendous opportunity to innovate and disrupt. I don’t expect we’ll see much of either. Cable management tends to drive looking through the rear view mirror. Nothing that could be seen as a threat to the walled garden pay TV package will ever see the light of day. Only monopolies can survive doing business this way.
As for Verizon, look for more deals like this one. While quality of service has much more to do with tower density and backhaul, Verizon and AT&T are on a quest to lock up all available spectrum. Unless they control virtually all spectrum, their broken wireless business model can’t be sustained.
IBM names it’s new CEO. Virginia Rometty is a 30 year IBM’er who came up through the ranks. The press is making a big deal out of the fact Ginny’s a woman, missing equally important information. While she’s IBM’s first female CEO, Rometty is also singularly qualified to drive the company’s continued success because she knows it’s business and it’s customers. HP’s board and Meg Whitman must be even more green with envy.
Meanwhile back at HP’s product development center, ARM based servers are being readied. Boardroom IBM envy aside, the engineers at HP can still do cutting edge. Dell and IBM are certain to follow their lead.
Spam style lawsuits may be history for copyright trolls. When you stop feeding trolls, they usually go foraging elsewhere.
Padded resumes that land big, important IT Jobs: New US CIO wants to run the feds’ systems like a startup. OH well, if he doesn’t work out, I hear Leo Apothecar is available.
Senate gone wild: Protect IP act keeps on moving forward, and keeps looking scarier. Never mind individual rights, Reid, McConnel and their pampered bubble dwelling minions take care of cronies first. What’s at risk? An open Internet.
Junk research at it’s worst: Forrester declares the end of Linux. What’s next? A documentary by Al Gore?
Crowdsourcing astronomy: New planet discoveries come from home based amateurs.
Google’s long rumored cloud drive gets closer to reality. Will it be monetized with ads the are eerily relevant to the files stored?
Big label music introduces a bargain priced shake down fine for file sharers. With free to cheap subscriptions dominating low sample rate music distribution, does this make any sense at all?
Dish wants in on wireless. If T Mobile really needs a buyer, here is a match that is far less anti-competitive. Regulators please take note.
Everything you need to know about the current handset patent mess.
Predicted here over a year ago. Sprint in talks to take over Clearwire. The Clear name has become so tainted by overstated capability and poor customer service that it deserves to disappear. Potential trouble comes from Cable guy’s Clearwire stake becoming a stake in Sprint. That could mean the Duopoly will control wireless if the T Mobile deal also flies.
Are AOL and Yahoo in play? Current depressed share prices almost guarantee it. Yahoo is making money, but the spreadsheet kids on Wall Street want more. AOL is losing money, and declared savior Huffington has only hastened it’s decline.
Correction?!: HP may not be killing WebOS, only its related hardware. Confused yet?
The slippery slope to tyranny: CBO says freedom infringing Protect IP act will cost $10 Billion per year.
Is the high cost imposed by so many patents really worth it? Dear Congress: Please end the software patent.
From the what have the suits been smokin’ department: Time Warner Cable ditching Road Runner to help create more excitement for it’s Evil Eye logo. Beep! Beep!
DHS admits it knowingly passed infected tech imports. Too busy seizing domains and diaper checking 95 year old women to do a proper job with imports?
Ambulance chaser tries to trade mark Bitcoin
Swiss anti piracy group boss accused of tax fraud. Prediction: Tip of the iceberg. More shady music industry practices to be exposed.
Netflix launches very public campaign against ISP usage caps. What took so long?
Cisco wants to push WiFi into stadiums.
Sprint / Lightsquared deal is finalized. Where does that leave Clearwire?
Patent troll goes after notebook makers.