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Thursday, December 15, 2005
Tech Memeorandum points to a very timely article on the Telco's move to setup a two tiered internet. The article points out that the telco majors wants the right to create a two-tiered Internet, where the telecom carriers' own Internet services would be transmitted faster and more efficiently than those of their competitors - earlier it was speculated that QoS could be used to assign different priorities based on the source carrier/media.The online majors fear such a move would give telecommunications companies too much control over a fast-growing part of the Internet.Telcos are working on ways to deliver broadcast-quality television over the Internet. Telco’s are offering their own advanced Internet video services to their customers, & wanting to charge consumers a premium fee to connect to the higher-speed Internet. Telco’s also want websites to be charged a premium to offer their video to consumers on the higher-speed Internet. That could mean that a company like Yahoo might have to pay AT&T to send high-quality video to AT&T subscribers. Telcos think that since they are spending billions of dollars to build new fiber-optic networks that can carry more data, they are entitled to give their own offerings the bulk of Internet bandwidth, and to charge others for higher-speed access. Through DSL currently they telcos provide internet access but cable TV companies are providing stiff competition. Telcos now want to provide Internet-based television. They want to offer all the programs now available on cable, as well as movie and game trailers, and full-length films. Through new technical solutions they want to overcome limitations in providing such services and they need to build additional network capacity to handle these. The heart of the matter is that most content providers want equal access to the premium, higher-speed bandwidth, while telecom carriers want the right to treat this premium pipeline as a private Internet. The range of services that could thus be offered could alarm the online majors.
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