SBC Chief Declares War On Google, Vonage

This is the power of monopoly. At this point we are practically down to two major telecoms with Verizon and MCI merging as well as AT&T with SBC. The very notion of charging companies for use of an internet backbone is insane, scary and ultimately doomed- but it may not be before we see outages, lawsuits and more from internet companies against the reborn Ma Bell. Read on…

SBC CEO Edward Whitacre has declared war on Google and Vonage, among others. He told Business Week, “Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain’t going to let them.” In other words, if the sites don’t pay him an extortion fee, he’ll block access to them.

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