re: France Telecom Accused Of Holding YouTube Videos Hostage
This is just another in a series of internet peering disputes where asymmetric traffic loads has one side demanding to be paid instead of providing free peering. It becomes newsworthy because Google and its YouTube franchise is involved. Google will try to turn this in to a net neutrality issue when it really isn't. Google just wants to save money instead of having to pay more to their backbone carrier Cogent, whose costs would rise with peering partners. -- A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.
Re: France Telecom Accused Of Holding YouTube Videos Hostage
Both ends of a download or upload have to pay.Its been that way forever.You download a 100mb file you pay for that as well as the other end paying for the upload.Both ISP's get paid.No different in this case either.Just because google is big enough to get better rates is not a reason to hold them hostage.Its not their fault that France telecom sucks getting better rates.
If Youtube etc wasnt around would they have as many customers?