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Sounds familiar? Any disenting voices? Note the Synthetic Biology insertion and what Klaus is saying about financial capital. The above narrative was just Klaus beginning his Shaping of the Battlefield scenario! Fortunately for us, Klaus also believes in miricles. Thus I shall pick up on how Klaus's ideas on technology impacts on Business, Government and Peoples in forcoming articles. However, Klaus's views do need to be sanity checked against the views of a two other Globalisation Experts: a certain Eric Schmidt and one Jared Cohen as propounded in their book "The New Digital Age: reshaping the future of peoples, nations and business"  previously called to you attention. One serious issue all identify being played out is whether the Fourth Industral Revolution is an exestential threat to National Goverments? All political experts dwell in the past, whereas visionaries look to the future.

Now let us once again seek the wise counsil of the other visionary Tom Wheeler, who used his annual address to the US CTIA to expound on his revolutionary views on 5G. As usual I would recomend all readers absorb his speech in full. However for brevity, I have tried to condense Tom's view's here as they expresses matters better than I could hope too for giving shape to where the Americans are heading. Hopefully Tom is setting the canvas and strategic parameters for us to assess the Draft Digital Economy Bill, now winging it's way through Parliament, against. 

Tom said: "Until mobile communications, the network was in control, commanding the user to come to the network. You could only enjoy the network on its terms, which shaped the patterns of economic activity.......Thanks to the Internet's open design, which is protected by FCC rules, U.S. entrepreneurs can offer their ideas on this platform without having to ask anyone's permission ......Let's move from the more high-level to more 5G-specific strategies........

There are three keys for what the Commission can do to help unlock the 5G opportunity: 1) ensuring ample availability of spectrum to a range of competitors; 2) taking all steps to foster competitive provision of infrastructure; and 3) removing unnecessary hurdles to siting. In all these areas, the FCC has activities underway. Yet, let's be realistic, there is more to be done if 5G is to realize its promise........And, of course, this summer, the FCC approved an order making the U.S. the first country in the world to open up high-band spectrum for 5G networks and applications. And in order to give this industry the opportunity to lead the world in 5G, we did it in record time-only nine months from proposal to final decision.......

In all three of these allocations, the Commission sticks to a proven formula: Lead the world in spectrum availability, encourage and protect innovation-driving competition, and stay out of the way of technological development and the details of implementation.......It is also necessary to explain that the nature of 5G technology doesn't just mean more antenna sites, it also means that without such sites the benefits of 5G may be sharply diminished. In the pre-5G world, fending off sites from the immediate neighborhood didn't necessarily mean sacrificing the advantages of obtaining service from a distant cell site. With the anticipated 5G architecture, that would appear to be less feasible, perhaps much less feasible........

Furthermore, the nature of the technology makes the review and approval by community siting authorities, and the associated costs and fees, all the more critical. There are just over 200,000 cell towers in the U.S., but there may be millions of small cell sites in the 5G future. If siting for a small cell takes as long and costs as much as siting for a cell tower, few communities will ever have the benefits of 5G. We recognize that this is a major concern and are committed to working to lessen these burdens and costs to ensure that 5G is available nationwide, while respecting the vital role that the communities themselves play in the siting process......

I've cited spectrum, infrastructure, and siting as the three keys to 5G, but there are others important issues that warrant mentioning..... Next-generation networks must be secure, and the Commission is engaged with industry to make sure cybersecurity is addressed during the design phase for the entire 5G ecosystem, including devices........

Privacy is another important topic. A lot of the value of 5G will come from the exploitation of Big Data, so it's imperative that carriers have privacy policies that enable customers to understand and control how their personal information is being used."

Note the clarity of Tom's three strategic regulation framework objectives and the realisation of the evolving people context we all constantly need to address and not leave behind or isolate.


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