Verizon Exec Whines About Google Spiking The Kool-Aid At Its Free Lunch

from the not-sure-who's-drinking-the-spiked-kool-aid dept

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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    DaneJaneiro, 7 Feb 2006 @ 5:16am

    Are they kidding?

    My first thought is always "How do these people sleep at night?" But then I remember that some people really have no conscience. They're called sociopaths. And they seem to have taken the leadership roles in government and a lot of high profile corporate positions. Lawyer capitalism seems to breed this kind of personality disorder - then reward it.
    This guy is a lawyer. Verizon (and the all the other FrankenTelcos out there) employ more lawyers than network engineers. That's a fact. They don't "compete" with their networks; they "compete" with manipulation of the public service infrastructure under which they were born. They then grew so bloated with cash that they subverted public interest -- buying it out while everyone watched in confusion -- and now have their sights set on FINALLY getting around to building the ubiquitous tollbooths they've been planning for 15 years. They're pissed because they've had to ride out all this open IP nonsense which made it harder than they expected to proceed with their final build-out of pay-for-play services. But it's here now
    I ask are they kidding because what to they think their customers are doing? In what bizarro world does it look like the content providers are getting a free ride? Google, I'm sure, pays Verizon beaucoup bucks for access -- as well as...well, I'm not sure who their providers are, but I can only imagine they pay a seven-figure monthly access charge to somebody. If Google (or Yahoo, Or AOL, for that matter) don't provide the content and the structure for presenting it, then there's no demand for their DSL or (don't hold your breath) fiber-to-the-home service. Is their only plan to become "DisneyBell" and become totally vertically integrated content-and-carrier? I wonder.
    The stupidity of these people is boundless. Beware of any "network" company that hires more lawyers than engineers.

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