Mossberg on Ministries

Soviet “ministries” that is.

A great column in today’s Wall St. Journal by Walt Mossberg on the wireless carriers and their lock on equipment — and the downstream negative impacts they have on innovation.

I believe that, in the name of valid business goals, the U.S. carriers are exercising far too much control over the flow of new technologies into users’ hands. In an ideal world, any tech company with a new cellphone, or with software to run on cellphones, should be able to sell it directly to users. These customers would then separately buy plans from the cellphone companies allowing those devices to work on the networks.

Feels like pressure’s a buildin’ and the time’s a comin’ for a new “Carterphone” decision — or for one of the carriers to break ranks, open up and encourage/capture the innovation that would result.