I pay for high speed Internet at home. And I have a legacy data package from my cell phone provider that gives me all-I-can-eat data. And I have a “tablet” that works exclusively on wi-fi and not a cellular network. All of these things need airless Internet access to be really useful.
But my home provider is through my cable company, which has a local monopoly. There are competitors for that segment of the market, just as there are competitors for my mobile phone and data needs.
But why must I continually log in to new systems everywhere I go? For instance, I’m writing this on my tablet in the Burbank airport and I’ll finish it on the plane, which if I can post from there seems miraculous enough. I had to log in my tablet separately from my phone. One worked easily and the other remains uncertain. I may have to pay for access on the plane, or do without until I land in Sacramento.
Why must I see all of this network-hopping; why must I continually wonder whether where I go if I will have the ability to use these miraculous devices or if they will be dead weight in my briefcase?
I want there to be a cloud of access to the net just like there is a cloud of access to cellular phone access. I want to pay a single provider a single price for all the data access I want, on all my platforms, wherever I go. If the provider has to share expenses with other providers then I expect that cost to be built in to the monthly charge I pay to my provider or at most pass a roaming charge on to me on my bill. Then, I don’t want to think about it again.
If the cost I pay for such a package is half again what I pay for any single package now then I would be ahead of the game financially and I would superior service. And the profit margin for my provider could potentially increase.
As long as I’m wishing, I want hardware standards for data and phone devices to get worked out internationally too. Why should I have to pay extra for a device with three different kinds of digital transmitters, one per continental group?
The pony would be nice too, while we’re at it.
But seriously, if antitrust laws are what is getting in the way here then enforcement needs to be relaxed. If it’s the market then competitors needs to get smart and cooperate to their mutual advantage, and the advantage of their customers.