Germans Charging Google

By Dave

Kai-Uwe Ricke, the boss of Deutsche Telekom is one of the latest people to point at Google and other such companies to help pay for the expansion and maintenance of the high speed networks that the companies take full advantage of.

DT CEO Kai-Uwe Ricke said: “Customers should not be the only ones to pay for this new world. Web companies that use this infrastructure for their business should also make a contribution.”

Speaking to German news weekly WirtschaftsWoche, Ricke said: “If customers aren’t willing to pay and Google and [others] aren’t willing to pay, there won’t be any high-speed data highways,” IDG reports.

He said companies like Google have been enjoying a free lunch. Ricke is not a lone voice – US telcos AT&T and Verizon have made similar noises.

What do you think? Should Google be charged for the infrastructure of the Internet?

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