What do you think of cellular industry regulation in the US? Too little? Too much? A need for deregulation or enhanced government planning to create a stronger infrastructure? My thoughts are the industry could be much more competitive on the large scale if some enhanced regulations were in place. The industry is competitive, but not as much as it could be. What I'd like to see... - More measures to protect consumer ability to jump carriers. That we finally have number portability working is a great step, but people are still too chained to contracts whose timescales of 2-3 years are too long on the technology cycle -- perhaps some kind of formal legal requirement for device unlocking at the end of a contract and limitations to some extent on ETF's. - Enhanced guidance in next generation technologies. If we can't get to a single 4G standard that would allow all unlocked phones to carry from any major US provider to any other provider (which would be my preference), I think the government at least should think carefully about not letting situations occur where incompatible technologies are used within the CDMA or the GSM camp. For example, I think it was a bad call to let the situation come to play where two different bandsets for HSPA were auctioned off, leading to the two national GSM carriers having incompatible 3G networks. T-Mobile definitely deserves a significant share -- perhaps the lion's share -- of blame for this, but the government could have averted a situation that robs customers of choice (because most of them will not be able to switch 3G contracts readily back and forth between AT&T and T-Mobile). At the least, the goal should be that every x generation (e.g. 4G) CDMA-roadmap device can be used on all CDMA carriers if it's unlocked and likewise every GSM device can be used on all carriers who implement that generation of device. Alongside this should be appropriate measures to ensure that no handset OEM gets locked out of the market because of the technology chosen. With those two things, at least every customer would be able to more freely walk through "half of the kingdom" -- forcing GSM companies to compete more strongly to retain GSM customers and CDMA carriers to compete more strongly for CDMA customers. And then also... - Some kind of plan to help blanket rural coverage for data services catch up with metropolitan coverage so that we don't have a system where city dwellers have 4G and the countryside has GPRS.