Google To Give AT&T Pipes The Double Deuce?

We love this quote from AT&T CEO Edward Whitacre, referring to Google, eBay and “Why should they be able to use my pipes for free?” Pointing out that people are actually paying for the bandwidth going through his pipes hasn’t swayed good old Ed. If the man ran FedEx, both the sender and receiver would pay for a package.

Anyway, as you all know, Ed’s been maniacally threatening to forcibly narrow his fiberoptic urethra for companies that won’t pay. He’s trying to extort companies like Google, bend them over the barrel. But there’s some rumors floating around that Google’s not going to stand for it. With a large section of the country’s wireless spectrum about go up for grabs, the rumor is that Google is going to simply buy it all up and build their own pipe into everyone’s homes, effectively telling Whitacre to go shove it.

Granted, it’s just a rumor, and benevolent corporations like Google, given too much power, become companies like AT&T eventually. Still, doesn’t just about everyone want to see this Whitacre cracker get the double deuce?

Google, eBay And Amazon To AT&T: We’ll Build Our Own Network [Networking Pipeline]


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  1. x23 says:

    thats all fine and good… but no one is going to be the winner when your neighbor on Old Internet can’t get to your site because you are on Google Internet. or chat with each other. or send mail to each other. etc etc etc. talk about being completely against everything that made the Internet what it is today. this would throw us back to the BBS darkages. (or Archie and Gopher and FTP and Usenet. bah. no thanks.) i surely hope it never comes to that.

    i don’t think this is what Google is planning with all their rumored buying however.

  2. Mary Marsala With Fries says:

    Hey, I see a good use for Eminent Domain here! Didn’t a hell of a lot of taxpayer money go into paying for that infrastructure anyway? Let’s just take it back. People like Ed, if they want to play nice, can pull a small salary for maintaining the system. (Because bandwidth, as we all know, is actually free anyway.)


  3. scingram says:

    What a douchebag. It it AT&T’s standing policy to only hire managment that sees the worlds view from out of their ass?
    Best of luck Google, but stay the track and “Dont be Evil” once you have the power.

  4. Nick says:

    In New Zealand, one of the two major telcos, Telstraclear, pulled a similar stunt when it depeered from all the NZ peering exchanges, and required anyone that wanted to peer with them to establish an individual peering agreement, and buy a pipe from them. Their argument being that ISPs were using the peering exchanges to offload traffic onto them. The fact that the only traffic they get is destined for one of their customers was irrelevant, apparrently.

    Since then, traffic between NZ hosts that aren’t on Telstraclear and those that are often ‘boomerangs’ via an international link, just to find a route.

  5. AppTechie says:

    Being an ex-employee of said monolith…I have a certain perspective on the ass that is Whitaker. He has been running the company for so many years, he has no sight for what is transpiring today. The initiatives they were putting in place while I worked there, and the ones they are working on today, are so far behind in thought that they are constantly playing catch-up. They are also screwing with the livelyhood of many due to the fact that they are about to outsource the entirety of their billing back to Amdocs, the people who programmed their CRAPPY software used for billing(btw that is Cingular billing!!!). Seems like a case of the fox watching the chicken coop…

    Be expecting even bigger issues with their billing in the coming months…and also realize that they have been hand correcting errors through SQL updates for errant call records since the inception of their billing system, instead of insisting on the software verifying the record and correcting it automatically. Mind you, they do process somewhere in the range of over ONE BILLION call records a day, you would think that that would be enough impetus to drive the development…but no, they are, to this day, paying out the nose for what should be fixed already. Their development and deployment cycle for their billing software is shockingly bad, to the point of criminality almost. I could go on, but I think you get the point….ready for some fun complaints about Cingular? Be expecting them as the billing issues are about to explode all over the place.

  6. Rick Dobbs says:

    Keep in mind also, Google has been quietly (well as quiet as Google can do anything these days) buying up dark fiber all around the U.S. They are on their way to quite a wired infrastructure as well. Fear the Google.

  7. matto says:

    I wonder if we’ll also have to pay extra for the privelege of having the NSA inspect our traffic transitting T’s network?

  8. Bubba Barney says:

    Huh? I am confused. I work in just that, capacity on networks for a Telco, and we are all intertwined like hair in the shower drain. There is no way that one company could just automatically distance/offline themselves.

    Between the LEC [local phone provider], indeterminate amount of IXC’s and ICC’s, wholesalers, rebillers, etc., it’s all big one mess. It takes a huge effort just to groom a circuit from one point to another. I know because I see them everyday. He obviously has no concept of the way Networks are set up.