I want my MTV (mobile TV), but not from AT&T

Att_header_logoI’m sure AT&T doesn’t really care what I want. Actually, why not broaden that to wireless data carriers in general. Earlier this week it was T-Mobile essentially banning VoIP and IM on their HSDPA network, likely indicating they will be happy to provide you those services in the future at a premium. Today it’s AT&T announcing a deal with MobiTV to provide wireless television at AT&T hotspots for $11.99 a month.

Let me take a different approach: instead of stating what I DO want, I’ll mention what I DON’T want and see if that helps.

  • I don’t want my content limited or pre-defined on a network that I’m paying a flat fee for.
  • I don’t want to pay for television channels twice; once at home and once on the road.
  • I don’t want to be told what I can or can’t do on a network (provided what I’m doing is legal and not intrusive to the network or other users of the network.

I realize that "net neutrality" doesn’t really govern content per the strict definition, but it goes beyond the traditional wired web; if you think otherwise, you’re overlooking a potentially much larger aspect. The future of connectivity and choice of content isn’t aimed at your home: it’s to you, regardless of where you are.

-kct

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