How does Presidential politics fit into the lives of mobility, wireless technology, and gadgets? Does what the candidates or their respective parties positions on technology and economics provide in a glimpse into the future?
While American technology companies continue to push the envelope with research into new areas and set new standards, adoption of wireless broadband Internet has been slow in coming in the United States while Europe and Asia continue to make both public and private policies that mandate 3G and Wimax penetration.
Voracious appetite for new gadgets and technology is evident in the American public. Blackberries, iPhones, GPS, and mobile communications devices are being adopted at a rapid rate.
So, the American public isn't the problem here. Okay, you see where I'm going with this. Blame the telecommunication companies right? In the past, I would have. Locking people into contracts and unreasonable cancellation fees doesn't make the public very happy. The companies tried to recoup costs and milk as much as they can from established infrastructure. It's how the environment was.
In the last year, a lot have changed. We began to see the chokehold the system has on adoption of new wireless technology and standards relaxed as new comers like Apple and Google shook things up.
The pace of competition and innovation has picked up. We may see the adoption of new wireless standards by the telecoms pick up pace, I just don't think it'll be fast enough to keep up with other nations.
While it's rightful that Presidential politics should focus on the economy , energy and foreign policies, the key is finding long-term solutions. Perhaps we need to look at models from South Korea or Japan where there is a high degree of wireless broadband penetration.
Staying competitive for any nation or country in the twenty-first century relies on a lot of moving pieces. Continuing to set the pace and adopt new policies and technologies goes with the territory.
Wireless broadband, only one component in this set of complicated policies, is very important. Mobile warriors who swear by it knows what I'm talking about. The ability to accessing information on the go is how the world will compete and work from now on.
What needs to be done to is going to take a national effort. Whoever is sworn into the White House on January 20, 2009, the forty-third President of the United States will have to own up to this responsibility. War on terrorism, shoring up the economy, and dealing with the environment and energy are all challenges the next President of the United States will have to deal with. A competitive and tech-savy constituent may go a long way in making any public officials life a lot easier.
Note: I bring up only the wireless component of a public policy that is needed to make any individual or company competitive. Just as important is the support, education, and skills needed to take advantage of an age when information is instantaneous and requires immediately attention. The political and social will has to be mustered and ahead is a long bumpy road that must be traveled, my friends.