Apple’s new iPhone 3G S and iPhone 3.0 are loaded with important new features and upgrades, including more speed and more memory. But AT&T can’t keep up. The latest example: delays and confusion over the future of tethering and MMS. If there was any doubt that the exclusive arrangement between the companies is an ugly roadblock on the way to true handheld computing, it’s now gone.
Fortunately, there’s a lot of motion at the federal level, including both houses of Congress and the FCC, to do something about the sad state of competition in the wireless world.
A hearing by the antitrust subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee next week will focus on text messaging rates and broader competitive issues. Given the workload of a committee occupied with hearings on a Supreme Court nominee, that’s a signal of significant interest in those issues, says Chris Riley, policy council for Free Press, a nonpartisan public interest group working to reform the media. [Read more…]