Telecoms and internet groups clash on charges

8 02 2006

Copyright 2006 Financial Times

The opening shots were fired on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in a legislative battle between the US telecommunications and internet industries that both sides warned could undermine innovation and consumer choice on the internet.

Vint Cerf, one of the early pioneers of internet technology and now chief internet evangelist at Google, called on Congress to pass a law preventing telecoms companies from discriminating between the internet services that are carried over their networks.

But representatives of the dominant US telecoms groups said the high level of investment needed to extend broadband networks meant they should have the power to charge internet companies fees in return for guaranteeing a specific level of service.

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