Say That Again

by Mike Masnick




SBC: We Own The Internet, So Google Should Pay Up

from the uh-oh.--trouble-coming. dept

It's become pretty clear that Kevin Martin's FCC has no problem considering "competition" in the broadband space to mean incumbent telcos vs. incumbent cable companies. So far, the FCC has done just about everything possible to make it much harder for any third parties to get into the game. So is it really any surprise to hear the CEO of SBC, Ed Whitacre, in an interview suggest that it's only a matter of time before they start going after any of the services that make the internet useful to try to make them pay up to remain reachable? When asked about companies like Google, Yahoo and Vonage, he says: "Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes? The Internet can't be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo! or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes [for] free is nuts!" In other words, he's talking about going well beyond blocking some ports like BellSouth, to actually blocking out websites and services unless they first pay SBC a fee. It certainly has the feel of extortion: pay up or no one on our network will be able to reach your website. If you thought that mess Level 3 and Cogent was problematic, just wait until you can't access Google from SBC, because Google fails to pay up SBC's "connection" fees. What Whitacre seems to be forgetting is that it's all of these services and the ability to connect that makes the internet access worthwhile. Now who was just saying that network neutrality wasn't needed? Notice that the only reason this is possible now is because there's less competition in the broadband space, not more. If there were real competition, SBC would never even dare to suggest that they might cut off a Google, Yahoo or Vonage.

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    Marki, 29 Oct 2008 @ 4:18pm

    Google the retarded psychopaths

    I'm so pissed of with google.They continue to be the psychopaths that they are, they seem to get some preverted enjoyment from their psychopathic behavior "which psychopath does't" eg. punch in youtube from their search engine, yes, youtube does come up, click it, what do you get, a bunch of stupid advertisements, keep trying other pages, same thing! How fucking retarded. Furthermore,when you finnally do get to youtube try watching a video, are you suprised? you get a message "this video is currently unavailable" I just watched it when I come back to it I get this message. Want to save all your favorite videos which by the way youtube offers you your own page to save them to. I have to continually edit my favorites daily because you can't watch the videos that you have saved they are not available anymore well how typical. A bunch of corporate pychopaths that factually don't know what they are doing, again how typical. Google has shown their psychopathic selves to be less than honest & to treat their resonsibilites to the web like shit.I really hope they keep this up because it is going to be their downfall & rightly so. Any level headed individual can see this as google not being sane,their behavior is not normal for the image that most corporate companies will kill to get, because it is a lasting impression to the public.I will never ever forget this because you can't. Once they have fucked around they will never get the chance to do it again atleast in my world. GOOGLE HAS SHOWN THEIR TRUE COLORS,ASSHOLE PSYCHOPATHS. An old saying that comes to light in this situation is, "give them enough rope & they will truely hang themselves" HOW TRUE, THEY WOULD FUCK UP RUNNING A SHIT HOUSE LET ALONE A CORPORATION.

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