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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  1. identicon
    Wanderer, 6 Apr 2006 @ 1:31pm

    Re: Re: No Subject Given

    Obviously, Google is paying for that increase to whomever their service provider is, but it also effects every other network that connect consumers to Google.

    And every last one of us consumers is paying for our connection. Google isn't getting a free ride. They're providing content, and I'm paying my network provider to deliver it to me. Nobody is getting a free ride here, because it's already being paid for by the consumer.

    A free marketplace? That's exactly what network neutrality provides -- and exactly what the telcos don't want. They want to be the gatekeepers to the market, where anyone who might want to do business on the Internet (especially any business that's competing with some branch of their business, such as information services) has to have their approval, or be priced out of the market. No competitors need apply. It's like Disney owning all of the movie theaters and being able to double the ticket prices for any non-Disney movies being shown.

    It is no less than giving the telco monopolies the power to control content on the Internet. That is not a position I want to see any private company in.

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