Another 'no' from Google - Telecoms, this time

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Nothing very new here - premium charges for selected content delivery have already been discussed on TW - Bellsouth proposes internet fast-track - and this thread from BT on WMW is already a few days old, but there's an interesting 'sod off' to bandwidth providers from Google that I don't recall seeing mentioned on TW:

“Google is not discussing sharing of the costs of broadband networks with any carrier,” writes Google spokesman Barry Schnitt.

“We believe consumers are already paying to support broadband access to the Internet through subscription fees and, as a result, consumers should have the freedom to use this connection without limitations,” Schnitt says.

The above quote is taken from this article entitled 'Google Says No to QOS Fees', linked to by Brett.

Of course there are two obvious spins that can be put on the stance Google are taking here, but the more charitable one is that Google are again trying to do the 'right thing' for the web. I love hippies, me.


Screw BellSouth

Not only do the users pay for the access but the service providers keep raising the costs for web hosting firms all the time and I'm sure Google already pays a very hefty premium, just not to Bellsouth.

I have a few words for BellSouth and they won't like them one bit.

The aren't the monopoly they once were and it's time for consumers to bitch-slap this type of behavior.

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