As American telcos’ efforts to undermine network neutrality continue, word comes that now Deutsche Telekom thinks making content providers pay up is a good idea, too. It will be interesting to see how the argument plays out in Germany, since Deutsche Telekom was born out of the privatization of the German post office, and it still enjoys certain monopoly protection from the German government (protection the EU says is illegal). Does that sound familiar? There’s some parallels to the situation in the US, where the Baby Bells managed to scam a couple hundred billion dollars from taxpayers with the promise of building an open-access fiber network to every home — a promise they haven’t kept, while they’ve kept the money.
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