By Armand Musey:In the wireless industry hardware providers seem to be gaining the upper hand over the wireless service providers. Examining the wireless value chain, its clear that hardware and spectrum are the only areas with increased demand. The wireless service infrastructure consists of 1) spectrum; 2) network hardware; 3) network integration and management; 4) marketing, billing and customer care; 5) distribution; and 6) handset manufacturing.
Over the last few weeks, President Obama has traveled the country campaigning on the taxpayers' dime trying to sell parts of his Big Jobs Plan. In order to sell a chunk of that plan - a massive new government spending spree on domestic infrastructure - Obama last week repeatedly cited China's infrastructure spending as the prime example of how the United States is desperately falling behind and needs to catch up:
The bridge collapse on Interstate 5 north of Seattle this week highlighted the nation’s aging infrastructure and the lack of significant improvements in the six years since 13 people died when a Minnesota span fell.
Investigators haven’t determined what caused the failure of a section of the bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Washington, after a truck struck some of its steel girders. The collapse followed the commitment of $48.1 billion in U.S. economic-stimulus funds for transportation projects since 2009.