More cyberextortion from the Bells to Google

Can we call in the mafioso? Even Marlon Brando wasn’t even this crass. CEO of AT&T, Ed Whitacre says:

“The content providers should be paying for the use of the network,” he told the Financial Times, and added that they shouldn’t “expect a free ride.”

Okay… let me get this straight. The consumers are already paying in some direct or indirect way for broadband access to the Bells. Any website is also paying in some direct or indirect way by paying for hosting or bandwidth in some form or fashion to the Bells. Yet Mr. Whitacre wants the content websites to pay “twice”?? They do pay for the use of the network. It’s comes in the form of buying bandwidth, of which Google does. Maybe no one ever told Mr. Whitacre that Google is part of the Internet age and not some 18th century printing press company.
Some people just don’t get it. Interesting thought though. You don’t see them trying to target Microsoft though. Maybe Google needs to reverse this. Everytime anyone from a Bell uses Google search, they’re charged a fee while everyone else uses it for free.
Via NetworkingPipeline

  • “Everytime anyone from a Bell uses Google search, they’re charged a fee while everyone else uses it for free.”
    That’s a great idea! Too funny.

  • “Everytime anyone from a Bell uses Google search, they’re charged a fee while everyone else uses it for free.”
    That’s a great idea! Too funny.

  • Content rules and bandwidth should be free. The phone companies are grabbing at straws. VOIP will overtake POTS and if they don’t change they will be history. And it may already be too late.

  • Content rules and bandwidth should be free. The phone companies are grabbing at straws. VOIP will overtake POTS and if they don’t change they will be history. And it may already be too late.

  • The problem is… those that own the POTS lines also own the fiber. AT&T; for instance owns some major backhauls as does Sprint. UUNet (MCI) ran the eastern coast OC backhauls.
    They’re trying to double charge is the issue. And that’s ridiculous.

  • darkmoon

    The problem is… those that own the POTS lines also own the fiber. AT&T for instance owns some major backhauls as does Sprint. UUNet (MCI) ran the eastern coast OC backhauls.
    They’re trying to double charge is the issue. And that’s ridiculous.