I donâ€™t see a whole lot of concern among church Social Media folks about the Google/Verizon deal and the issues that this has brought to the fore. There seems to be a real danger that the wireless spectrum is about to be â€œtieredâ€ and rationed to the extent that we will have a return to the big media oligarchy where the priority is given to the super-rich of that big media oligarchy. As one who is dreaming of doing a lot of online conversation via Webcasting, ala the twit network of Leo Laporte, or the weekly tech conversation of The Gillmor Gang, I shudder to think that the wireless networks will start to construct what Jeff Jarvis calls â€œThe Schminternetâ€ (you simply MUST read his take on this at http://www.buzzmachine.com/2010/08/10/internet-schminternet/) This scares the hell out of me.
A couple of other Webcasts from this past week that I watched this week that were taking on this very issue:
This Week in Google: Carrier-Humping Net Neutrality Surrender Monkeys (Jeff Jarvis is regular on TWIG)
The Gillmor Gang (live broadcast yesterday, YouTube to be up hopefully sometime this weekend at http://www.youtube.com/user/stevegillmor (UPDATE: it’s up at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78n-b3LUCeg&feature=channel)
And as I write this, I have been listening to an archived copy of this past Sundayâ€™s This Week in Tech, episode 260, where they are all over this as well, beginning at about 55:50 of the episode.
I also believe that Jeff Jarvis is going to be at the TWIT studios today, and perhaps he and Leo and some guests may be talking about this today. Iâ€™ll try to find out details.