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Google Inc., Apple Inc., and Facebook Inc. need to pitch in to help pay for the billions of dollars of network investments needed for their bandwidth-hogging services, European phone operators say.
As mobile and Web companies add videos, music and games, operators including France Telecom SA, Telecom Italia SpA and Vodafone Group Plc want a new deal that would require content providers like Apple and Google to pay fees linked to usage.
“Service providers are flooding networks with no incentive” to cut costs, France Telecom Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard said last month. “It’s necessary to put in place a system of payments by service providers as a function of their use.”
Surely there are massive costs involved to build the infrastructure that's required to support the huge amount of bandwidth being pumped-out by mobile and web companies?
Glass manufacturers will sue rock quarries in compensation for all the stones thrown into windows.
[edited by: maximillianos at 2:37 pm (utc) on Dec 9, 2010]
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.
Looks like some telecoms got out-negotiated and are wanting to find a way around their agreements.
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'd rather see mobile just block sites that use too much bandwidth.
The alternative of (eventually) reaching into my pocket to pay for it is not welcome. I don't use those sites very often.