Consumer Electronics, 2001

I’m in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. A mind-boggling array of gear and ideas fills the convention center and overflow areas.

I’ll let you know what I see.

Spectrum Auction, Hide and Seek

Wall Street Journal: Small companies’ spectrum auction shows signs of giants’ intrusion. Nine of the top 15 bidders classified as small companies are, in fact, backed by the industry’s biggest players, including AT&T Corp., Cingular Wireless LLC, Sprint Corp. and VoiceStream Wireless Corp.

In other words, it’s bogus.

The idea was to give smaller companies the right to bid on the new spectrum. But as always happens in such situations, such as minority contracting, many of the supposed small fry are not much more than fronts for big fish.

Why not do it honestly from the beginning?

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