Alas it is time for the changing of the guard in the US. Thus another partial disconnect is upon us. Accordingly it is with a tinge of sadness that we say a fond farewell to Tom Wheeler at the FCC, and to Lawrence Strickland at the NTIA, along with the rest of the cadre appointed by former President Barack Obama. I wish them all well in their future endeavours. In my view they have served their country and our science and technology global community with distinction. As a parting gift they shared with us certain nascent policy benchmarks to enable us to assess their new administration against; as we pivot towards Klaus Schwab's Forth Industrial Revolution.
"5G is not a technology. It is a Revolution" ! So, says FCC Chairman Wheeler. However there is no need for discouragement or exaggerated anxiety. Alas Tom is referring to "The Forth Industrial Revolution" as proscribed by Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum. Yep - two of those Globalization Experts. Now so despised and patronized by the UK patrician class, formed from the "elite" of the Oxford/LSE PPE Movement, currently engage in their stiff upper-lip,"Up the Khyber" posturing on the world stage. Or, as English Anti-Establishment Rock Band, Pink Floyd observed, "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way" just "Waiting for someone or something to show you the way." Well, their "Time" is up and their bluff is being called by the Global Financial Markets.
The deck chairs have been rearranged. Open hostilities shall recommence when Parliament returns, after the Silly Season ends, on the 5th September. Then our new PM shall be off to her first G20 Summit. As the 30th September Chinese Currency endeavour draws ever nearer the PM is also off to pay them a separate visit. But who is risking the single biggest act of reckless endangerment? Actually is not the new PM but instead it is Sharon White, as indicated from her speech to the International Institute of Communications, in Washington, on the 28th June.
Pride and Prejudice and Fear. All these attributes have been on display since my last posting. To this we must now add Murder. Where are the peacemakers? The healers? And those who want us to unite not divide? I was intending to maintain radio silence until after the Referendum results were in. And the nations of the UK had made their own decisions. Clearly the spirit of prejudice (not to be confused racism) which we have sustained in our ancestors has come well to the fore and dominated the arguments. Emotions and gut instincts for a bygone nostalgia have had their say. But shall rational heads decide eventually on economic and national security to remain in the European Union? Where are the ties that bind us together?
The recent BBC series on Tolstoy's War and Peace was an interesting adaption. It explored the various undercurrents still in play today. It also provided a subliminal backdrop to the PR man's achievement of his preferred date, in the middle of the European Championships and prior to the pivotal NATO Summit, in Warsaw, in July. But we are in a game of two halves, so, is Cameron approaching his Borodino moment?
Reconcile the following two statements: "Because the race to 5G is on and the United States should lead the way" by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, from the 17th December on the outcome of WRC-15 and "I have to say that 5G is some way off, but I am pleased that we are investing in the research" by UK Minister Ed Vaizey on the 3rd of December to Parliament. Both statements are correct, but, significantly each betrays the underlying mind-set: one is a leader and the other is a follower. In the November Ericsson Mobility Report their forecast is for 150m 5G enabled subscriptions in South Korea, Japan, China and the US by 2021. What is the score for the UK?