said by rradina:
I still cannot help but feel that historically successful corporations are in a panic because they might be relegated to managing a dumb pipe.
That is exactly what they fear.
Dumb pipes are nothing more than a commodity, have no influence, and have to compete on the most basic of levels. Dumb pipes are the digital equivalent of faceless worker drones; expendable and easily replaceable.
Turning Bell, et al, into dumb pipes strips them of their influence over the telecom industry, legislation at local, provincial, and national levels, and their ability to move markets, shape policy, promote (or suffocate) innovation, and influence the very behavior of its customers.