The world is flat neatly ignores issues such as patent laws and how the FCC controls the RF bands. The skies are not free. If you want to learn about the control of communications you'll have to read deeper than this book. I think you should also read about the onerous German telecom laws. Not long ago people went to jail over hooking up "unauthorized" modems to get to the internet. This is within the last decade.

Are you thinking the patent system needs an overhaul?
Bob