10/31/2005

SBC: We Own The Internet, So Google Should Pay Up

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:52 am

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.

Source: Techdirt

 

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