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Subject: IP: Techies vs. Telcos

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 17:43:37 -0500

>From: "Bob Frankston" <BobRMF17@Bobf.Frankston.com>
>To: "David Farber" <dave@farber.net>
>
>David Kirkpatrick of Fortune did a story this week on the 
>Telecom/Connectivity issue.  The URL is 
><http://www.fortune.com/indexw.jhtml?channel=artcol.jhtml&doc_id=204875>http://www.fortune.com/indexw.jhtml?channel=artcol.jhtml&doc_id=204875.
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>I gave him a pointer to my Beyond Telecom slide show as a source 
>(<http://www.frankston.com/public/essays/BeyondTelecom.asp>http://www.frankston.com/public/essays/BeyondTelecom.asp 
>is the version with a cover essay) though, alas, he still does use the 
>term Broadband . At least Andy Grove speaks about the First Mile . It is 
>important to frame the issue so as not to presume telephony and television 
>are the only goals.
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>THE THINK TANK
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>Great Leap Forward: Techies vs. Telcos
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>With morale in the tech industry even lower than its stock prices, leaders 
>are looking to lay the blame. Their favorite culprit: those controlling 
>broadband access to the Net.
>
>David Kirkpatrick
>
>Mon Nov 12 00:00:00 EST 2001
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>It's been a grim time for the tech industry. Executives from companies 
>that sell hardware, software, and Net services watched their stock prices 
>and company sales fall off a cliff. Now, increasingly, they're starting to 
>point fingers at one group they think is responsible for their troubles: 
>the giants of telecom. At the usually upbeat Agenda conference held this 
>October in Scottsdale, Ariz., Bob Metcalfe, the legendary network pioneer, 
>took the stage and summed up the undertone of discontent when, on a panel 
>about networks, he described the big regional telephone companies as 
>"scumbags." Nobody objected or disagreed.
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>&&..
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>Broadband has the potential to be almost as important as electricity. It's 
>urgent that our nation find a way to roll it out more quickly. Not that 
>accomplishing this will be easy. Telecommunications firms spend hundreds 
>of millions of dollars annually lobbying to protect their interests. But 
>while the tech industry has been relatively silent on these issues, the 
>rumblings at Agenda suggest that is likely to change.
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>[The article is relatively short and I was tempted to include the entire 
>article here but I do want to respect intellectual property even if I m 
>not worried about going to jail or, perhaps, especially if I m not].
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>Bob Frankston
><http://www.frankston.com>http://www.Frankston.com
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