Can’t We All Just Get Along?


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More and more, buzz words like net neutrality, muni-wireless, convergence, are coming up. Why? Because of the need for convergence. We are at the tipping point of various technologies hitting their development phase of implementation to the end-user. All back-boned by wireless technology, we have now scene WWAN (satellite internet cards), muni-wireless (municipal wireless services), hybrid service phones (the ability of a cell phone to switch between a wireless internet signal and its primary phone signal), and VOIP (internet telephone). So how do these all come together and why is it important?

Think about it. In a perfect world there would be a wide area wireless coverage from a mutual system of WWAN, muni-wireless, and private wireless systems. Provided, all these systems provide neutrality (do not control the internet, allow for open access, as most people get the internet now), we will be on the right path. Then imagine that the cell phone carriers allow for your phones to use hybrid technology so that they will switch between the carrier signal and the internet based on a traffic demand? Then take that a step further, you have only one phone number. Based on a tree hierarchy, the call can be sent via VOIP to any device that you choose so that you can receive the call at multiple locations. Based on location of the device, you will receive the call from a multitude of signals. Pretty crazy stuff…

However I do not see this happening anytime soon. Although we see these technologies individually, we will never have convergence because everyone wants there own land with a castle they can be king in. Although a backbone of a free-market economy, I think everyone can still have a castle and work together. Just someone has to set up the meeting….

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