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Can We Get Some Better Telecom Shills Please?

Dec 09, 2008, 18:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julian Sanchez)

"I will let you decide which applies to the author of a "research study" of Google's bandwidth use being pushed by the anti--net neutrality site NetCompetition.org. Using some rather dubious proxy measures--which would be worth further scrutiny as well, if the fundamental premise weren't so manifestly bogus as to render such quibbling moot—telecom shill Scott Cleland estimates that Google and its subsidiaries "used" 16.5% of consumer broadband traffic in 2008, but only paid 0.8% of consumer broadband costs. This, the author brazenly claims, amounts to an implicit subsidy of some $6.9 billion to Google, and proves that Google "uses" 21 times as much bandwidth as it pays for."

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