Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Verizon Executive Calls for End to Google's 'Free Lunch'

Verizon Executive Calls for End to Google's 'Free Lunch': "A Verizon Communications Inc. executive yesterday accused Google Inc. of freeloading for gaining access to people's homes using a network of lines and cables the phone company spent billions of dollars to build.
The comments by John Thorne, a Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel, came as lawmakers prepared to debate legislation that could let phone and cable companies charge Internet firms additional fees for using their high-speed lines."

I'm starting to wonder if these spokespeople for Verizon secretly work for Verizon competitors out to maximize bad will for Verizon...


George said...

What do they think the monthly fee for DSL service is for? Google is just a website.

Sounds like they want you to just be on the "Verizon" net, not the "INTER" net. Once on the Verizon net, you will only get search results of sites that paid Verizon to be on the Verizon Net. Not many.

Are these guys clueless?

Anonymous said...

The Verizon guy is not clueless at all.
The telecom economy is based on the profitability of telecom operators. Which is based on huge profits on voice services.
If they can not make profit anymore on theese services because of VoIP competition bringing prices down, they must raidse the cost for adsl access to balance.
This cost is heterogenous between urban centers and other zones. It can be low in towns, where profitability can be achieved by creaming the top customers near DSLAMs, but it will go up elsewhere.
Then regulation could enter to ensure balanced cost to access Internet through the country