Monday, February 20, 2006

They're just crazy, right?

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.
I think he's missing something. They still charge these consumers for the access, right? The consumers give Verizon $45 a month, and Verizon provides connectivity between "teh Intarweb" and said consumers. And, correct me if I'm wrong, Google has to pay somebody for the giant OC-a-billion phone lines that connect them to the internet. Verizon is just pissed that their crappy, ad-filled portal page they paid so much to so many webmonkeys for is not being used, right? They just want a cut of the action.

More broadly, the government must not kow-tow to these idiots! They must allow the internet to remain "free", clamping-of-access wise anyway. The idea is that if you don't subscribe to your ISP's version of VoIP, for example, they will throttle all competitors' VoIP traffic on your line. Rendering it useless. I've got no problem if they give higher QOS priority to their own service, just not hindering access to traffic they don't make money off of. Heck, I'd pay extra (a little) to have my Vonage traffic get higher QOS priority.

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