Whether you're hungover from celebrating Donald Trump's surprising electoral victory or blue due to Hillary Clinton's loss, the technology tectonic plates could be shifting.
For now, we're stuck with speculating on the impact Trump's presidency will have on the telecom industry in particular and technology in general. While Trump doesn't appear to be too tech savvy, he has provided a few clues during his campaign.
Trump openly opposed AT&T's prospective acquisition of Time Warner, and even threatened to unwind the Comcast/NBCU deal. Trump could, in theory, throw a wrench into the Time Warner/AT&T transaction, but it's pretty far-fetched to think that he would be able to split up Comcast and NBC Universal. (See Merger Musings: TW + AT&T = ?)
Here are some other Trump-related rumblings regarding his possible influence on the telecom sector:
Light Reading's Mari Sibley wrote that Trump's victory would have an impact on re-shaping the Federal Communications Commission, which is slated to lose Chairman Tom Wheeler in the not too distant future. Trump will name Wheeler's successor while the Commissioners will switch from a majority of Democrats to a majority of Republicans. (See Trump Win Will Reshape FCC .)
During the first presidential debate, Trump said, "We need to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare," before noting that his ten-year-old son "was so good with computers; it's unbelievable." Trump didn't say how he would solve cybersecurity issues. (Maybe he could ask Vladimir Putin and Russia for help here?)
In a meeting of the minds, Putin congratulated Trump on his win via telegram. (Historical note: The telegram put the Pony Express out of business here in the US.)
Putin on the Ritz!
According to a story in the The Wall Street Journal, Silicon Valley venture capitalists, along with most stock markets other than Russia, woke up with a sense of dread this morning.
In December, Trump said he would call upon a friend, Bill Gates, to shut down the Internet in an effort to thwart terrorist groups' recruiting efforts.
While US citizens reconcile themselves to President Trump, the ripples of concern extend overseas to telecom vendors that do business here, according to this story by Light Reading News Editor Iain Morris. (See Blond Buffoon a Worry for Telecom Vendors.)
The short-term good news? It's a long road ahead before Trump will have an impact on the FCC, the telecom industry and the technology sector, but, just like in the second presidential debate, he's looming large in the background.
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