In recent weeks, AT&T and Verizon have repeatedly “volunteered” to delay the use of parts of their new 5G wireless networks. “Volunteering” for one’s country can be noble, if not downright heroic. Most all war movies confirm this. But corporate “volunteering” under duress from government agencies is another matter altogether.
When a corporation says that it is “volunteering” to take a certain action, it’s rarely because shareholders or customers demand it. Instead, it’s more likely because a government official has threatened certain consequences in an unrecorded, non-public conversation if the corporation does not “volunteer.”