Another week, another bizarre and misleading statement from a telco on network neutrality. It seems that the telcos are really stepping up their efforts to get online offerings to pay extra -- but it's fairly amazing that no one in the press seems to be calling the telcos' bluff on all of this. No one is pointing out that what they're saying is 100% false. Last week, it was AT&T's Ed Whitacre claiming that the internet connection you paid for only went from your endpoint to the backbone, and now a Verizon exec is trying to get away with claiming that Google is somehow getting a "free lunch" online, while also claiming that the debate has been skewed because Google "spiked the Kool-Aid." That's fascinating, because we still can't figure out which part of the network isn't getting paid for. Google pays for the bandwidth it uses. End users pay for the bandwidth they use. Everyone knows that the value isn't in getting to the middle, but in connecting all the endpoints. So we're left with a network that is clearly paid for, and a bunch of telcos who are resorting to what appear to be outright lies and misstatements based simply on greed and jealousy. Of course, if the telcos actually got their way, it would destroy a lot of the value in what they provided, hopefully opening the doors to some much needed competition.
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