Justified or not, the bad economy was everyone’s favorite scapegoat in 2009:
- The fact that service providers can’t out-innovate Web and media companies when it comes to content and applications.
- That you didn’t make your sales quote or Wall Street guidance – and your competitor did (there are still good and bad employees and companies, even in a downturn)
- Apple can sell smartphones despite the economy, yet no one else can sell them because of it
- The mass consumer migration to prepaid was due in large part to a bad economy causing tighter budgets.
- For many pay TV providers, all you had to do was ask to get them to reduce prices for fear of losing your business.
Best Reader Response: The economy accelerated the demise of marginal companies. The economy should not be blamed for the rise of Internet TV - it’s not because it’s free that it’s popular
Honorable Mention: Rural broadband not getting started
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