Comment on The Sticker Network

BenRayfield Wed, Jan 12, 2011
I'll explain the problem with that as a conversation I had just before I bought my cell phone from Verizon:

I said: How much does it cost to use the phone's camera?
Verizon guy said: Its free.
I said: So I can take pictures and put them on my computer for free?
Verizon: No that phone doesn't support transfer to the computer as it is now, but if you pay us 25 cents per picture we will allow you to use our network, or if you buy this wire for 20 dollars you can connect that phone to the computer.
I said: But I can put the pictures somewhere, right?
Verizon: No, they would have to stay on the camera.
I said: So it costs 25 cents per picture or 20 dollars one time, to use the camera?
Verizon: No, It's free because you can look at the pictures on the small screen in the phone for free, but I guess you could interpret it that way.

Its not just Verizon. Its most businesses that have control of technology we need.

I'm only willing to help with a sticker network type project if its built on technology that businesses can't hold over us, because when it becomes too popular and people start getting angry at those businesses for taking advantage of their customers (which people will see when compared to the sticker network) then those businesses will pull the plug on it before too many people hear about it. Lets keep the designs open or not do it at all.

Here's something from Verizon's legal agreement:

"Your wireless device must comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations, be certified for use on our network, and be compatible with your Service. Please be aware that we may change your wireless device's software, applications or programming remotely, without notice. This could affect your stored data, or how you've programmed or use your wireless device. By activating Service that uses a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card, you agree we own the intellectual property and software in the SIM card, that we may change the software or other data in the SIM card remotely and without notice, and we may utilize any capacity in the SIM card for administrative, network, business and/or commercial purposes. ... We can, without notice, limit, suspend or end your Service or any agreement with you for any good cause, including, but not limited to: (1) if you: (a) breach this agreement; (b) resell your Service; ... (d) install, deploy or use any regeneration equipment or similar mechanism (for example, a repeater) to originate, amplify, enhance, retransmit or regenerate an RF signal without our permission; ... (d) modify your device from its manufacturer's specifications"

I expect you could find some cell phone business to allow your experimental networks if you paid them enough and did enough paperwork and extremely complicated it to be compatible with standards we're not interested in, but I also expect they would pull the plug if it started becoming popular. Lets keep the designs open and under everyone's control, instead of under the control of the existing infrastructure.