Fast forward to today. The UHF band is being auctioned off for wireless communications. AT&T / SBC has been trying to build the old monopoly. But things are different now that wireless easily sidesteps land lines. What to do? AT&T wants control. And Google want competition.
Here is a clash of two world views. Google views the Internet as a community where everyone is welcome. A big town center. AT&T views the Internet as a toll road.
At stake is the openness of access to the Internet. And Google is willing to put their money where their mouth is. AT&T wants to own the public airwaves and Google is making them very nervous. I nominate Eric Schmidt as Batman and hope he can make the world safe for its Internet citizens.