ims 201

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Archive for September 2009

“at&t says f.c.c. neutrality suggests a ‘bait and switch’ “

leave a comment »

julius genachowski, pres. of f.c.c.

julius genachowski, pres. of f.c.c.

-out of the 3 major wireless phone service providers (at&t, verizon and sprint), only at&t has any beef w/ the f.c.c.’s decision to make network neutrality rules drafted in 2005 now apply “explicitly” to wireless networks as well (it used to only apply to wired networks)

-the f.c.c. has set up a web site of its own where visitors can watch the president of the commission speak and voice their opinion on the issue:

http://openinternet.gov/

-at&t’s main argument is that mainly b/c of its competitive environment, it doesn’t need rules and regulations regarding their wireless service (this coming from the most expensive cell phone co. that forces customers to still sign a 2-year contract).

-the main area where at&t would be hit hardest should these regulations go into effect is the amount they charge customers for the use of wireless data. “data,” i.e. free wireless on your cell phone, is one of the co.’s biggest moneymakers, esp. w/ the iphone. smaller cell phone co.’s such as cincinnati bell offer unlimited data for as low as $15 a month.

-at&t went out of its way to call out the f.c.c. for this, among other complaints regarding the conditions that accompany winning an auction put on by the commission that surface after the auction is over (the bait and switch).

-this is as recent as 9/21. it will be interesting to see how this issue plays out w/ at&t and the f.c.c. after 2010 when apple’s contract w/ the wireless service provider runs out.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/21/att-calls-fcc-net-neutrality-idea-bait-and-switch/?scp=2&sq=iphone&st=Search

Written by goodwirp

September 23, 2009 at 7:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with

“unofficial software incurs apple’s wrath”

leave a comment »

a jailbroken iphone
a jailbroken iphone
  • may 12, 2009 new york times technology article
  • the increasing number of iphone owners who choose to jailbreak their iphone — by downloading software to bypass apple’s limits on what iphones are capable of to install unofficial user-created programs —  has begun a war between the california based company and users and developers who feel they have the right to customize their iphones however they want to
  • for these  innovative users, apple’s 35,000 apps available for purchase in the app store aren’t enough
  • apple feels that it has the right to decide what can be put on iphones and argues that jailbreaking iphones violate the digital millenium copyright act and make iphones unreliable
  • since jailbroken app stores don’t circulate anything belonging to apple, some people feel that these iphone users aren’t infringing on any copyrights
  • jay freeman, creator of cydia — one of the most popular jailbroken app stores — says that most people who jailbreak their iphones do so to change their phone’s interface or to add basic features and functions apple doesn’t yet offer
  • ex: video recording, 24/7 wi-fi, photos for contacts, tethering etc.
  • according to freeman, as of april 2009, of the 37 million iphones sold by apple, 2.3 million had cydia installed on them
  • to counter these iphone users, apple has released new operating system software that can “brick” jailbroken iphones, or render them useless (however, a hydra effect, or whack-a-mole phenomenon has occurred)
  • the electronic frontier foundation — which advocates a laissez-fare policy on the internet — thinks that apple’s real motivation to pursue these iphone hackers is to decrease competition with its app store, which will have made $617 million by the end of 2009
  • one nyu economics professor says that “it’s hard to see where apple is being harmed by this” since jailbreakers aren’t trying to make $
  • what do you think?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/technology/13jailbreak.html?scp=3&sq=iphone%20jailbreak&st=Search

Written by goodwirp

September 15, 2009 at 7:52 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with