Daily Archives: Thursday, 08-Nov-2001

Okay, the cap on the amount of the radio spectrum that one wireless provider can own in a market is about to rise and eventually be abolished.(Wash. Post) I can’t say that I disagree with this move. Eventually we are going to see about three choices in wireless providers and a move toward standards in wireless protocols that will allow secondary wireless services to actually thrive. We give up a little competition in one area to gain a whole lot more in the ancillary services that wireless has to offer.

Still, I have to chuckle at the justification for easing these restrictions that politicos are using for the stand they are taking. Nancy Victory, assistant secretary for communications and information at the Commerce Department, sees this as a reason for the change:

“As a consumer living in a major market, I know that very often I go to dial up my cell phone and I can’t get through. We saw that in a big way on September 11,” Victory said.

Under those conditions there just isn’t physically enough spectrum to satisfy the demand.

They are called wake-up calls. A lot of times they aren’t recognized for what they are and have to be pointed out bluntly to people. New York Democrats got one this past week with the defeat of Mark Green by Republican Michael R. Bloomberg. (NYT) The wake-up call? Quit saying that you are the minority voters friend and start showing it. One Democrat makes it clear that he understands the problem. Dennis Rivera, the head of the influential health care workers union, said this:

“For a city that is five Democrats for every one Republican, and for the Democrats to have lost the last three elections, it’s basically an indictment of the Democratic Party,” he said. Mr. Rivera called the outcome “a rude awakening to the Democratic Party,” and said much of that had to do with the way it treated minority voters in this campaign.

Need more indication of the problem? How about listening to what the Rev. Al Sharpton has to say:

“I refused to help Green, and by anyone’s estimation it hurt him,” Mr. Sharpton said. “But there’s nothing the party can do to me. What can they do to me?”

The Rev. Sharpton did not endorse Mr. Bloomberg but he sure made it clear that he wasn’t supporting Mr. Green.

Now to be sure, New York is not changing from a town of Democrats to a town of Republicans. National, state and even local Democratic candidates still command a huge advantage over their Republican counterparts. However, unless the Democrats start working together and stop taking certain voter blocs for granted it may be a long time before we see another Democrat as mayor of NYC.