Jim Crowe, CEO of Level3, stopped by the Silicon Flatirons confab to speak about "long-term trends in communications that had several key takeaways, among them":
- Internet video use is here to stay, and will only increase going forward.
- Bundling services with devices is yesterday’s strategy.
- Legislators and regulators are right to be concerned about the potential for monopolistic practices by AT&T, Verizon and cable companies.
- Net Neutrality violations could be handled better by the FTC than the FCC. [GigaOm]
I have seen Crowe speak at a Comptel event in Orlando. There are many much better speakers. And his "trends" aren't exactly A-Ha's. Read any trade journal to see pages on internet video and the coming exaflood. You have read here many times that "Truth in Advertising" enforcement (at the FTC) would be sufficient for NN.
Bundling is not going away. ATT's SIM Card only offering may seem like the start, Bell-Heads want ALL of your money and to lock you down. It is a marketing strategy that has survived for a long time. In Seth Godin's book, Meatball Sundae, he explains that bundling is nothing new:
- What is the Yelow Pages but a bundle of ads and fliers?
- What is the mall but a bundle of stores?