All companies are built on a fairly small number of global technology platforms.  There are only a few global cellular operators.  A limited number of global cloud providers.  A small number of semiconductor suppliers, computer manufacturers, global package distributors and internet service providers.  In the United States, and most countries around the world, there are legal protections to prevent any single company from getting too much market strength.

Currently there is a lot of debate about whether the technology sector has achieved too strong a monopoly power.  One of the bigger debates is right in our backyard, as Epic Games and Apple battle over fees levied on Apple’s software distribution platform.

Read more about Tom Snyder’s take on the Epic-Apple lawsuit on WRAL TechWire.