John Legere, former T-Cellular CEO and aspiring Batman, has reacted to the mob that attacked the Capitol like many different political and enterprise leaders by calling for President Donald Trump to step down. However he’s additionally going a step additional by considering a run for political office himself. Legere left his publish as CEO and member of T-Cellular’s board after efficiently negotiating the merger between the corporate and Dash, so he very properly might be trying far and extensive for his subsequent gig.
Legere’s time as T-Cellular’s CEO turned the company into the “Un-Carrier,” a plan that got here with an finish to contracts, revamped cell plans, and quite a lot of freebies and perks for patrons designed to set T-Cellular aside from its longtime rivals AT&T and Verizon. However what would political candidacy — or un-candidacy — appear to be for Legere?
For the primary time in my life I’m truly contemplating the opportunity of operating for workplace. It’s clear any person wants to assist actual Individuals discover change. I’m undecided I’m succesful, however I can’t stand by merely watching this craziness.
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) January 8, 2021
Nicely, if it’s something like his Un-Service strikes, it might be a combined bag. Legere was brash and unafraid to roast the competition, and his angle and leather-based jackets lean extra un-presidential (or Cool) than anything. However given the final 4 years we’ve had, we’re in all probability all used to the unconventional at this level. Tone issues lower than not making an attempt to dissolve democracy, so the bar is low.
When it comes to coverage, widespread proposals like Medicare-for-all match properly inside the logic of Legere’s Un-Service applications. A big a part of Un-Service’s providing was zero-rating information from certain music and video streaming services so it wouldn’t depend towards T-Cellular clients’ payments. Why not do the identical factor with pricey medical bills?
After all, this opens up one other can of worms. Legere was publicly in support of net neutrality whereas he was CEO however pushed applications that flaunted it. These zero-rating schemes, like Binge On and T-Cellular’s different perks, actively favored the companies that struck a cope with the corporate. A wholesome web and a robust Federal Communications Fee won’t be on the high of Legere’s priorities.
There’s no telling how severe Legere truly is or if a run would contain him showing because the heightened model of himself that made him the unofficial mascot of T-Cellular, however there’s a precedent. Executives from the broader world of the tech trade, like former HP CEO Meg Whitman, have made makes an attempt to carry a political workplace, and a businessperson considering they might repair the nation or a state in the identical manner they juice quarterly income is a standard theme in fashionable US politics. I’m not holding my breath for a T-Cellular magenta paint job for the White Home or press briefings styled as keynotes, however god it could make a very good story.