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FYI, Reed Hundt was Chairman of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) under Clinton. IMHO he is undoubtedly the most erudite thinker, observer, and commentator on the state of communications that exists in the US.

 

To Wrap the World in Communications

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By Reed Hundt

 

In Iran five million new cellphone subscribers signed up in the first quarter of this year. That's more than the number of new subscribers in the United States.

 

China Mobile has about 500 million subscribers. That's of course more than the American population. CM will add the same number to its total within less than a decade.

 

Cellphones constitute one of the most widely distributed consumer products in Africa. In Africa they will create banking, credit, and purchasing infrastructure and will eclipse newspapers as a means for gathering information.

 

In less than 10 years, between 2 and 3 billion people globally will be cellphone users. This is by far the largest, fastest, and most important extension of communications capability ever seen.

 

The inevitable corollary will be that mobile devices provide the primary mode of access to the Internet. Mobile computing devices -- laptops and "tweeners" (objects between cellphones and laptops) -- will become the primary means of using microprocessor power, at least for consumers.

 

The means for forming groups, gathering information, developing beliefs, sharing values, and taking action --what we apprehend now as social networks -- will become as widespread and effective as mobile communications itself. The handheld device will become the essential technology for performing the mechanical job of interacting within and between societies.

 

No single part of government in the United States pays much attention to these trends; the various parts that pay some attention lack responsibility and accountability; the implications of the new mobile web vastly outstrip government's capability to think about those implications. I am making a critique about the structure of government and not the people in government. Businesses in this field, on the other hand, are well aware of what's going on.

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"No single part of government in the United States pays much attention to these trends; the various parts that pay some attention lack responsibility and accountability; the implications of the new mobile web vastly outstrip government's capability to think about those implications. I am making a critique about the structure of government and not the people in government. Businesses in this field, on the other hand, are well aware of what's going on."

 

Government lacks "responsibility and accountability" while businesses are "well aware of what's going on". And this from a true blue Clintonite! I wonder if he's on Hillary's team? I hope so.

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