Amazon may be building a wireless network of its own

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    Aug 23, 2013 10:27 PM GMT
    I wonder of this falls under the US definition of a vertical monopoly?

    http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/amazon-may-be-building-wireless-network-its-own-8C10989062
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    Aug 23, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidI wonder of this falls under the US definition of a vertical monopoly?

    http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/amazon-may-be-building-wireless-network-its-own-8C10989062


    More than likely "secret Republican agents" are behind this.
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    Aug 23, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    GoNYMets2012 said
    ART_DECO saidI wonder of this falls under the US definition of a vertical monopoly?

    http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/amazon-may-be-building-wireless-network-its-own-8C10989062

    More than likely "secret Republican agents" are behind this.

    You should know, SB. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 24, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    GoNYMets2012 said
    ART_DECO saidI wonder of this falls under the US definition of a vertical monopoly?

    http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/amazon-may-be-building-wireless-network-its-own-8C10989062

    More than likely "secret Republican agents" are behind this.

    You should know, SB. icon_biggrin.gif


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    Aug 24, 2013 5:14 AM GMT
    Eventually, you'll realize Amazon is doing this to cut paying AT&T to deliver content to Kindle owners, not compete against AT&T.

    But, don't let that interrupt the insults.
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    Aug 24, 2013 6:17 AM GMT
    I know for a fact (from an inside source at the company) that Amazon is releasing its own mapping application for mobile, a la Apple/Google/Microsoft. And being the world's largest retailer online, why not?
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    Aug 24, 2013 12:17 PM GMT
    There is an old saying, "Don't just own the store when you can own the street."

    Amazon is working on owning the street.
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    Aug 24, 2013 1:36 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidThere is an old saying, "Don't just own the store when you can own the street."

    Amazon is working on owning the street.

    Well that was my question. This would be an actual wireless network, not a web site on another provider's system. And whether it's mainly for Kindle downloads would be immaterial.

    Controlling the delivery, distribution & sales of your own product is one of the aspects of a vertical monopoly. (A horizontal monopoly is when you exclusively control a single aspect of an industry, for instance becoming the only creator & seller of software in the US)

    Historical examples of vertical monopolies were in the energy and steel industries, where companies owned the raw resources, the refineries and factories, the transportation network, and the product outlets. The courts also made Hollywood movie studies divest themselves of the theatres they owned. It's difficult to believe today, but once there were Loew's theatres that only showed MGM movies.

    So it's in this context that I wonder if Amazon would face restraint-of-trade legal actions if it did develop its own wireless network to distribute Kindle material.

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    Aug 24, 2013 1:58 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidThere is an old saying, "Don't just own the store when you can own the street."

    Amazon is working on owning the street.


    Precisely! Someone went to business school (and learned something!). icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 24, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
    Given the state of wireless networks in America, the consolidation of the industry, and the abysmal ratings received by the wireless companies, I don't think a lot of people would object to a new entrant in the market with the excellent customer service track record of Amazon.

    Good-bye, two-year contracts! Good-bye, overpriced phones! Good-bye, bullshit charges and fees! Good-bye, random limits on usage!

    It's about time someone clean up that industry. It's long become a cartel, dictating business practices that have long held back this country, thanks to a government monopoly on the wireless spectrum.