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  •  Microsoft's Legacy (20+ / 0-)

    in 2000 Microsoft was judged a monopoly by the Supreme Court. The remedy was to split its vertical stack of integrated and exclusive products into companies that would have to cooperate with other companies in the market, rather than using that monopoly.

    But Bush was inaugurated instead of Gore. And the Bush "Justice" Department's remedy was merely to put Microsoft on probation.  The deep slowdown in tech innovation and opportunity continued for years until the mobile Internet was finally ready to attract development - because Microsoft missed grabbing it even worse than it missed the Internet in the 1990s.

    Now mobile corps like AT&T and Verizon dominate mobile like Microsoft did the desktop. They learned enough to leave development to outsiders, though they and Apple still mercilessly control their locked in users and developers. They are vulnerable to the option the people still occasionally can exercise over control of "the public airwaves", so they don't push the envelope more than people will stand.

    Cable corps own their own networks. They typically have no other competition, or very little - usually from an inferior either in size or in technology (satellite). They are used to selling people what they already get for free (local air broadcasts). They completely dominate the vertical stack on their networks, monopolizing the sourcing of content even when they don't produce it themselves. And once Comcast owns TWC and its footprint, it will just get worse.

    The content and lack of diversity in it sucks terribly. The threats to alternate content and apps over the Internet will become existential, not inconvenient. Once Comcast is that big, its (stock market) competition will join it in scale, gobbling up footprint under the precedent at the FCC and the capital markets.

    Soon enough Verizon, already leading the separate mobile and wired (fiber) cartels, will join them in the land grab. AT&T will roll up others in its similar infrastructure. There will be 2-3 telcos that between them control every American's media - interactive, mobile, and otherwise.

    Monopolies are inevitable in capitalism. Unless the government stops them. The monopolist know this, due to 20th Century setbacks. They're not letting that happen again. As Bush's Microsoft "remedy" showed, the US government's role is to sponsor these monopolies.

    We know that type of government as "fascism".

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 06:39:29 AM PST

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