Deutsche Telekom demands extra fees from Google, Yahoo

The demand is likely to trigger a debate in Germany about so-called net neutrality.

“A well-made network is going to cost someone in the end,” Telekom chief executive Rene Obermann said in an interview to appear Friday in Manager magazine. He said Telekom had already invited Google to discuss the issue.

He said that if Telekom provided enhanced security or the highest transmission quality for music or video transmissions, it expected to be able to introduce tiered pricing for different levels of service.

Advocates of net neutrality contend every unit of data on the internet should be carried for the same charge, and claim it is unfair to charge supplementary fees for higher speeds, or artificially slow down those unwilling to pay extra.

Obermann said he did not believe in net neutrality.


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Deutsche Telekom demands extra fees from Google, Yahoo