Summary of The Master Switch
Copyright © 2010 by Tim Wu
Used by arrangement with Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Great advances in communications technology start new industries, but the history of such breakthroughs shows a cycle of fragmentation, concentration, more breakthroughs and a splintered set of small companies. The web may defy this cycle, whether control of the web consolidates or remain diffuse. Historic patterns suggest that today’s major web companies may become part of larger media empires, centralizing control of online content. Columbia professor Tim Wu offers a rich saga tracing the evolution of telecom industries, technology and regulations and explains what these patterns portend.
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Tim Wu is an author, a policy advocate and a professor at Columbia University.
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2 years agoWu tires to predict terrible consequences, and he is of course off the mark, prediction being hard, especially about the future, and thus seems to disprove his argument, even when the actual consequences are even worse. He might be better off picking up the snake by the other end, and considering origins rather than results. Who owns my packets? I do, got my name on them.
Where is the Internet? On public property. 90% of outside plant is on municipal property. The Internet is common carriage on public rights of way.