Telecom companies in Europe claim that big tech companies should pay ISPs to upgrade networks
More than a dozen ISPs complain that their networks have been "monetised" by Big tech platforms.

CEO of 13 major European telecom companies they wanted to pay in part. ISP upgrade costs. In their “Joint CEO Statement,” European telecoms companies described their proposal as “a re-attempt to re-balance the relationship between global tech giants and the European digital ecosystem.”

This rhetoric is similar to the argument made by AT&T and other US ISPs over the past 15 years that tech companies that provide online content receive "free" flights. And it has to subsidize the cost of construction. Last mile networks that connect homes with broadband access. These arguments generally do not refer to the fact that the tech giants are already paying for internet bandwidth, and that Netflix and others have created their own content delivery networks to help deliver traffic that Internet customers choose from home. < p> Today's letter from European ISPs was signed by the CEOs of A1 Telekom Austria Group, Vivacom, Proximus Group, Telenor Group, KPN, Altice Portugal, Deutsche Telekom, BT Group, Telia Company, Telefónica and Vodafone Group and Orange Group. and Swisscom. They wrote:

A large and growing portion of network traffic and revenue is generated by large technology platforms, but this requires ongoing and extensive network investment and planning by the telecom sector. This model - enabling EU citizens to enjoy the fruits of digital transformation - can only be sustained if these high-tech platforms also contribute equitably to network costs.

Increasing Communications European telecoms companies did not name specific tech giants paid by Big Tech, but Reuters wrote today that "US-listed giants, such as Netflix and Facebook, are companies they are considering." The letter also discusses other regulatory issues related to fiber and mobile bandwidth, saying that "the law should fully reflect the reality of the market...that is, telecom operators compete head-to-head with high-tech services." The ISPs message' advertisement is not the only recent example of ISPs claiming that tech giants should help them pay for network upgrades. Reuters reported on October 1 that "South Korean internet service provider SK Broadband has sued Netflix to pay for increased network traffic and maintenance due to increased viewing of US content." The wave was directed in part by the Squid game show. The Seoul Central District Court ruled in a related case against Netflix in June and found it "reasonable" for Netflix "to offer something in exchange for the services provided by SK."

BT Group Consumer CEO Mark Allera recently argued that net neutrality rules should be changed to allow ISPs to make order payments, as The Guardian reported on October 10:

Laws that prevent companies like BT from shifting some costs into the biggest drivers of capacity growth — net neutrality rules that say all internet traffic is treated the same — are outdated for the age of broadcasting, Alera says. "Many of the principles of net neutrality are very valuable," he said. "We are not trying to stop or marginalize players, but there is a need for more effective coordination of demand than there is today." When the laws were enacted 25 years ago, I don't think anyone would have thought that four or five companies would drive 80 percent of the world's Internet traffic. "They don't help the services they provide. That doesn't seem to be true." Where they come from, or is it accurate, a May 2020 vendor report by Sandvine found that YouTube accounted for 15.9 percent of worldwide internet traffic in the early months of the pandemic, compared to 11.4% for Netflix and 3.7% for Facebook.

All videos accounted for 57.6% of all traffic, social media 10.7% and web browsing 8.1%. Just below the categories Market, Messaging, and File Sharing, although these numbers may be slightly different now, it doesn't seem that the four companies account for 80% of the total traffic that makes up the Internet around the world. Why doesn't Apple Touch return an ID to iPhone?

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