Yarmouth Port, MA
The Neat Thing about Cleland's Article --
-- is that it's self-destructive.
It's been a bad week for the bad guys.
First, Richard Bennett running around claiming that VOIP and gaming were going to end because BitTorrent was switching to UDP (ignoring the fact that it has an even MORE conservative congestion method than TCP does).
Now, Scott Cleland with this "research" that says Google not only should pay its bills but ours too -- plus an extra 80% or so on top of that to account for "illegal" traffic that Google doesn't participate in.*
He picks on Google for actually answering web-page requests from its voluntary users and for spidering the WWW, which search engines have done since long before Google. Perhaps Google ought to reduce its site count by one -- and just wait until Cleland gives them "permission" to spider it -- I'd bet Cleland would gladly continue to foot the bandwidth bill.
Then he goes on to make this ridiculous comparison to the trucking industry.
said by Cleland :Now, "hands up" if you've ever bought something at the store or ordered anything that comes in a truck. Was shipping free? Nope -- you either pay shipping charges or price markups? Truckers, although nice people, don't carry the freight for free. Yes, road taxes are collected in the various taxes, fees, mileage and fuel surcharges heavily imposed on truckers but the consumer pays those -- in advance -- often as a separate "shipping" line-item on the receipt or the retailer pays them and passes the cost on to the consumer in pricing!
Any analysis of public highway funding will show that businesses/trucks, which put the most cost burden on the highways, pay substantially more than consumers/cars the exact opposite of Google's recommended broadband model, where consumers shoulder most all of Google's distribution costs.
Keep talkin' guys. The consumers think you're doing a great job!
*in the report, Cleland dismisses 40% or so of the total bandwidth crossing the Internet as "Illegal" so he can subtract it from the denominator, which inflates Google's share of bandwidth by a factor of nearly two! This guy ought to work in the Treasury bailing out corporations!!
Robb Topolski -= funchords.com =- Hillsboro, Oregon
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Actually, in your quote there, it doesn't even need torn apart. The customers are the ones paying to access the Google content. Google charges the customer by advertising and collecting browsing habits. The ISP charges the customer for the connection (and if you have 20% of your traffic going down a free pipe, I'd think you'd be pretty happy).
I happen to drive truck and you wouldn't believe how many taxes are placed on the trucks. The Indiana Toll Road (or maybe it was Ohio) is debating raising tolls--for trucks. Why? Because not as many people are using the road. If less people use the road, isn't there less wear and tear? But don't worry about that, these costs are all passed on to you and everyone else who buys... anything. Then that money goes to the overseas company that has the 99-year lease on the toll road.