Here is begins in earnest... the Telcos want a piece of the action... EXACTLY why I have been preaching that Google needs to build its own network (wireless/wi-fi/wimax) in order to protect its access to customers & clients... BUT my opinion was scoffed at by my more knowledgeable WW breathern...
To which I replay... YOU have no understanding how the telecommunications industry works... Just because the Internet was created with the utopian spirit of everything being FREE... doesn't mean it should stay that way (it was only allowed to grow in such a manner by act of congress)...
The Telcos want payment for use of their facilities, and rightfully so (unfortunately) because it cost them a LOT of money to build and maintain the Internet's infrastructure... There should be some manner in which these service providers share in the revenue stream... and Congress will relent to Big Telcos demands now that the Internet has acheived a measure of maturity.
Therefore, to avoid being constrained by business agreements with the telcos, Google should speed up development & deployment of its own network, complete with "FREE" wireless access - paid by advertisements (to ensure widespread usage).
It's only a matter of time before the telcos start blocking their customers access to Google's search engine... and creating all kinds of heartaches for users. Short of entering into revenue sharing agreements with the telcos, Google MUST protect its revenue source and maintaing connection with its users & advertisers by building its own network... or forever be influenced by the access providers.
Verizon Executive Calls for End to Google's 'Free Lunch'
By Arshad Mohammed
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 7, 2006; Page D01
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.
"In the Internet world, both ends essentially pay for access to the Internet system, and so the providers of access get compensated by the users at each end," said Cerf, who helped develop the Internet's basic communications protocol. "My big concern is that suddenly access providers want to step in the middle and create a toll road to limit customers' ability to get access to services of their choice even though they have paid for access to the network in the first place."