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Many companies re-sell cellular capacity. It's a simple branding exercise.
Earthlink is the first to enter this business with a vision. The vision comes from founder Sky Dayton, who kept the chairman title for years after leaving for Boingo, but has now relinquished it to run this new joint venture, SK-Earthlink. (Glenn Fleishman interviewed Dayton and has a great story on him.)
Dayton's vision, since the beginning, has been based on the idea that spectrum is plentiful, that WiFi can be connected, and that a telecom firm doesn't consist of wires and switches but software and marketing.
Earthlink itself is based on the idea of re-sale. Its dial-up service rides on top of the existing phone network. Its DSL offerings are based on the same networks. It's not a stretch.
So, what's the vision? Jump over there with me and I'll tell you.
The vision is based on simple components:
And the key to it all will be applications. All Dayton needs is a "killer app" for high bitrate wireless as compelling as Nextel's walkie-talkie.
Don't forget that you can do walkie-talkie with data. Both Sprint and Verizon do this already. When last I heard, the Sprint implmentation was very good (if not well marketed).Permalink to Comment