From friend-of-the-blog Tom Farris:
I’m not 100% certain why, but that strikes me as the wrong analogy.
Regulating the railroads did not happen right away, much like the mobile phone market. However, regulation came into play specifically because it became in the “national interest” for the government to force it to assure the expansion that was deemed essential to the nation as a whole, in terms of tying the country together, ease and cost of expansion of population and goods and services. Not letting the railroad barons decide to go where it was most profitable for them alone.
The railroad comparison would be a good analogy for the phone companies as there is an overarching “national interest” to be filled: Telecommunications, in all its forms that they provide.
But a cell phone company? Even a BIG one? No.
Having a game or product available to millions, or even 10’s or 100’s of millions of users is not of “national interest.” Especially when those same products are available on other phones, Samsung, Motorola, Xiaomai, etc. ad nauseum. And they are a bigger market in terms of actual number of phones sold and in the wild.
When you buy a Ford Fiesta, you do not get the size, comfort, nor luxury of the Lincoln Navigator, or Cadillac Escalade. But that is your choice. If you believe that the size, weight, and added safety features are not worth it in real terms or even in terms of trying to impress your peers or neighbors, then you don’t buy it. And no amount of howling about fairness or gross margins is going to change that. And to cap it off, while you can buy a used Chevy at the Ford dealership and you can Hot Rod (Jailbreak?) it, and you can by any new car and Hot Rod (definitely Jailbreak!) it (and void your warranty in the process, just like an iPhone), you certainly cannot go to the Ford dealership and order a new Chevy of any configuration. Or complain about warranty voiding for hot rodding your Engine Management software when the car breaks.
American capitalism cannot be torn like that… No Target products in Walmart, no Walmart products for sale in Target. Vons in Ralph’s, no. New Rolls-Royces on the VW lot, Nein! The list is literally endless, No El Pollo Loco at KFC, or at Popeye’s, or at Church’s. I know I’m belaboring the point, and that is the point.
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