#wireless

Shalini Ramachandran and Thomas Gryta:

AT&T and Verizon are now the fifth and sixth biggest pay-TV providers in the U.S. after Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the two satellite-TV companies, DirecTV and Dish Network Corp.

And rising — fast.

Fascinating that it will be the shady wireless guys pushing slimy cable guys. But hey, any competition (which the cable industry has lacked, and has left them ill-prepared) is good, right?

Kevin Fitchard:

AT&T hopes to breath new life into some old airwaves by building a broadcast network, ideal for pushing out live video to many multiple devices with out jamming up its pipes with traffic. The technology is called LTE-Broadcast, and as it name implies it turns what is normally a two-way mobile broadband network into a one-way multicast network similar to those used by TV broadcasters.

As I was talking about the other day, beyond cord-cutters, the cable companies have to watch out for the wireless players, who are increasingly aligning for a collision course. And those guys have an advantage in that everyone already has a phone — including the “cord-nevers” — and there are no wires/installation required.

The Economist on the forthcoming rise in use of the 60-gigahertz band for wireless connections:

What about that old network fixture, the Ethernet cable? Though typically used for transferring files around local-area networks at a humble one gigabit a second, Ethernet has the potential to go 100 times faster than that. As such, it is probably safe from 60-gigahertz streaming for the time being. Though once 60-gigahertz radio chips start being incorporated in smartphones, tablets and laptops, hard-wired connections of all sorts will be threatened with extinction.

I cannot wait for this (not-too-distant) future.

This clearly won’t happen anytime soon, but I do expect it to happen eventually. The carriers have too much control — over Android, in particular. That’s Google’s own fault, but now it’s time to think outside the box. So you either acquire a wireless service (though Google’s increasingly hostile situation with antitrust regulators probably rules that out), build your own, or threaten to build your own…

This article by Stacey Higginbotham is at least 1,500 words too many. Only three words are really needed:

They’re greedy bastards.

But perhaps that’s even too many words since the above statement is implied by the fact that Verizon is a U.S. carrier.

It’s been hard on them. They can’t support the crazy growth. Whine whine whine. They’re making more money than ever. As Higginbotham rightly notes, it’s all about demand. They’re doing it because people will pay. They’re doing it because they’re greedy bastards.