Rosalind - 2:31 pm on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
I honestly do not understand why on earth they would even ask the content providers to pay for it. It just makes everything more complicated.
They ask because asking for money is always worth a try, no matter how absurd their justification might be. There are always people who don't understand the technology who might be convinced to argue for legislation in their favour.
I think this would be an appropriate time to suggest a PLR-style system of compensation for webmasters from the mobile operators. They benefit from our content because it attracts customers to their smartphones, so it's only right that we should be recompensed proportionately.