File it under “Elon Musk wants to screw all the telco monopolies.”
Suddenly, we would probably find out that Elon Musk is the antichrist, and lawmakers owned by telcos would be making everything he tries to do just a little bit harder. Because: capitalists need less regulation, or something.
He has got a point: with a launch vehicle that he already owns, and low-orbiting communications satellites, he could do it. The only people who’d complain are the gamers, who’d get a bit of packet-lag, but the rest of us would be just fine.
This would destroy Verizon. And I’d put on some pink chunky-soled platform shoes and dance the funky chicken on Verizon’s grave. One thing that makes me happy is when the big-shot CEOs of monopolies and mega-corporations suddenly realize “our customers absolutely loathe us, and we’re only in business because there are no alternatives!” (United Airlines, I am looking at you!)
I like the unlimited plan. I can see the appeal to sitting there and dialing 256-digit phone numbers at random and letting it ring to see who might answer. Imagine if you dialed a number in the Andromeda area code and got a busy signal!
Elon Musk certainly is a disruptive personality. He seems to love to run around challenging the established process, and smashing things. I wonder if, when it’s all said and done, he has been a largely positive influence, or not? My view is largely positive: he has done a tremendous amount to smash Detroit’s “electric cars are not practical” ideology, and if it helps wean America off gas-guzzlers, that’s no small accomplishment. SpaceX is also extremely impressive.
I actually had stock in Iridium, once.