Posted February 7, 2006 9:39 am by with 1 comment

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Wow, Verizon is griping that Google is getting a “free lunch” by using the infrastructure built and paid for by the phone companies.

“The network builders are spending a fortune constructing and maintaining the networks that Google intends to ride on with nothing but cheap servers,” Thorne told a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. “It is enjoying a free lunch that should, by any rational account, be the lunch of the facilities providers.”

Reminds me of when BT claimed they owned the “hyperlink” and everyone should pay them a royalty.

Still, Google is not taking Verizon’s threat lightly…

Vinton G. Cerf, a vice president and “chief Internet evangelist” at Google, said in an interview that his company is worried that if net neutrality protections are not enacted, the Internet’s freedom could be compromised, limiting consumer choice, economic growth, technological innovation and U.S. global competitiveness.

Might be worth buying all of that dark fiber then. 😉

  • How can they be serious?? The “network” is paid by the amount of bandwidth you buy. I am sure that Google spends 10’s of thousands of dollars per month to have such access. Access dollars are also being paid by users which I believe 99% of them do not use all the available bandwidth sold to them. A retail landlord should not be able to increase rental rates just because a company is using it’s space at it’s fullest potential. This situation is no different.