THE U.S. IS BLOCKING GROWTH IN TELEPHONE NETWORKING
Your article "Super phones" (Special Report, Oct. 7) painted an exciting picture of an advanced telephone network of the future that would change the way people live and work.
Unfortunately, while Europe and Japan are moving fast to develop such networks, progress in the U. S. is bogged down by laws that do not give telephone companies the economic incentives that they need to build the reliable, high-speed, fiber-optic-based networks of the future. While recent actions of the Federal Communications Commission, which would allow telephone companies to provide video-transmission services, are certainly a move in the right direction, legislative action is also needed to let companies offer video services to consumers. This will trigger the investment and service development to usher in the vision of the future described in your article.
J. L. Johnson
Chairman & CEO