Gosh, I'm confused. We've all read about the over-building of fiber networks and how buying up that excess capacity can be such a bargain. DSL prices are heading downward, and while cable hasn't followed yet, it probably will. And yet we have some providers acting as though bandwidth is scarce and trying to get companies like Google to share their costs: http://www.networkingpipeline.com/blog/archives/2006/01/google_we_wont.html
So what's the story? Playing games with bandwidth is nothing new, and politics and corporate greed of course play into it. See I, Cringely's 2002 column on SBC for one example.
Some countries complain about Internet costs being too high compared to the U.S., and note that the internet is U.S. centric. But countries like Japan and France have lower cost internet (http://www.lessig.org/blog/archives/003290.shtml).
It all leaves me baffled. Is internet access too expensive or isn't it? If it is, is it the government's fault? The telcos? Google? My fault? Is it too important to leave to private industry - should our taxes be providing the bandwidth or at least some of it? I sure don't know..
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