Verizon: Application Providers Should Pay for Bandwidth

5 Jan ’06

The plot on network neutrality continues to thicken. Techweb News reports that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg commented at CES that application providers such as Microsoft and Google ought to pay for bandwidth:

There’s no such thing as a free lunch on the Internet, according to Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, who said Thursday that providers of bandwith-intensive Internet applications, including Google and Microsoft, should “share the cost” of operating broadband networks.

According to Seidenberg, Verizon and Google are already talking about how such compensation might be structured, striking a tone far more diplomatic than AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre, who last year openly criticized Internet application providers like Google and Voice over IP provider Vonage Holdings.

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