Alphabet unit Google has rejected a push by European telecoms operators to get Big Tech to help fund network costs. The company president said it was a 10-year-old idea that was bad for consumers and that the company was already investing millions in internet infrastructure.
The comments come as the European Commission said it would seek feedback from the telecoms and tech industries. Introducing a ‘sender pays’ principle is not a new idea, and would upend many of the principles of the open internet, Brittin said. Telecom providers have long complained about tech rivals freeriding on their networks. Google, the owner of YouTube, has done its part to make it more efficient for telecom providers by carrying traffic 99% of the way.
Brittin added further that in 2021, they invested over 23 billion euros in capital expenditure – much of which is infrastructure. These include six large data centers in Europe, 20 subsea cables globally, five in Europe, and caches to store digital content within local networks in 20 locations in Europe.