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."