Originally Posted by Sky King
How sad that most posters seem to want the government to get its fingers into wireless. PErhaps they are too young to remember that it was government intervention and regulation that led to abysmal service by and the ultimate failure of landlines.
You're comparing apples and oranges. Landline service was purposely created AS A MONOPOLY to insure universal service. The tradeoff was that the government controlled prices in return for giving the monopoly to essentially one telephone system. It is true that as a monopoly, there was not a lot of technical innovation, but it was a very reliable and low-cost system. The landline system did not fail because of government intervention. It is in the process of fading simply because of disruptive technology. Few individuals really need landlines anymore, although I would maintain that cell phone service is still not reliable enough to replace all landlines (like in my apartment for example, where AT&T works only some of the time.)
The problem today is that even though there are multiple carriers in the U.S., each is acting as if they are a monopoly. The government does need to be involved - not to get involved in the day-to-day of their operations, but to insure that the industry doesn't become even more of a monopoly, by for example, either AT&T or Verizon buying T-Mobile.
The other issue is carriers promising and charging for service that they don't deliver.
And I think the price the carriers advertise is also absurd - they should be forced by the FTC to advertise a price that includes all taxes and fees.
Do you know that if you call a potential carrier and ask them how much your bill will be including taxes and fees, they won't tell you? They tell you they have no way of figuring that out, that you have to wait until your first bill.
IMO, that's why and where regulation is needed.