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Sharing the Risks of Wireless Innovation


By Richard Bennett
October 19, 2009

Advocates of net neutrality took the battle for control of the Internet into the wireless space in 2007 with the publication of Tim Wu’s “Wireless Carterfone” paper on barriers to wireless application development. 100,000 applications later, the FCC and Congress are once again besieged with demands for free access to wireless data networks by all kinds of devices. Is the battle to put all devices on all networks beneficial (not to mention practical)? The use of diverse cellular technologies in the United States suggests that it’s not, and the large trend in the wireless space from simple phones to smart, software-intensive platforms like the iPhone and the Palm Pre suggests that it’s yesterday’s war. ITIF Research Fellow Richard Bennett analyzes trends in mobile technology and finds current regulations more than sufficient to promote continued innovation.

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