Google Opposes Paying for ISP Improvements
Google says it’s not paying for ISP maintenance/Upgrades in the EU
- EU ISPs want Google to pay for network upgrades.
- Google’s EMEA boss believes funding ISP upgrades because of Google’s traffic might “flip-flop many of the open Internet’s values.”
Ars Technica report European Union ISPs want major tech companies like Google to help pay for improvements to their networks. Google’s EMEA business and operations president Matt Brittin said on Monday that funding ISP upgrades solely because Google generates significant traffic might “flip-flop many of the principles of the open Internet.”
But starting in 2023, regulators in the European Union will look into the problem, and in the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission has thought about charging non-telecom companies to improve Internet access in areas that don’t have it.
According to Brittin, Google already carries traffic “99% of the way” and has made significant investments in network infrastructure. He said that in Europe alone, according to Reuters the tech giant runs no less than six huge data centers, twenty digital caches, and five undersea cables.