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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    The Serenity, 31 Oct 2005 @ 7:50am

    SBC as an Entity

    Well, I am very very amused by this:
    SBC is literally the sinlge worst ISP on the planet... I mean hell even Covad has better service than them, and not to mention the fact that they can not even provide what they say they offer. For example we ordered a DSL line into my company from SBC because we wanted a CRAP Connection: so we could test apps against the worst condition DSL Lines to make sure it would work. We pay them 50$ a month like a normal customer and in return we get 256Down/64K Up - This is not a DSL Light Connection it is supposed to be 1.5/256.... and we are well within the last mile, and infact they are riding an OC12 SONET into the building straight from the DSLAM.

    So, For this overblown pompus nitwit to think HE of anyone can charge an actual SERVICE PROVIDER for something just speaks volumes about idiots running the corporate world.. Sounds to me like his stock is falling because everyone knows that his company sucks about as bad as his ethics.

    In Fact I think people should boycott good Ol SBC and go with cable.. It might not be perfect but it is free (at the moment) of idiots tampering with it.

    It really is sad that I do not own the patent rights on fiber, then I could sue him for using my glass concoction per phone call....

    Anyhow: Lemme Append:

    The Views in this particular reply are from me, and me alone: They have not been influenced in anyway by others reading, writing or responding to this reply. This is a personal opinion of a single person an is in no way affiliated with any corporation or additional body; political, philisophical or religious.

    Ed, If you are reading... It's not slander old boy, when its true... P.S. You do know the constitution...Right.. Or did you skip that right along with the ethics class.

    In Case anyone missed that, I consider this to be un-ethical...


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