Big 3 telcos threaten Google; pay up or face legislation

Europe's three biggest telcos – Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Telefonica, have said Google must share advertising revenue from services carried on their networks or they will ask EU regulators to intervene.

“There is something totally not normal and contrary to economic logic to let Google use our network without paying the price for this,” said Stéphane Richard, France Telecom's new CEO.

Telefonica has already floated the idea of charging internet search engines for the data they send rather than consumers, because the web firms currently contribute nothing towards infrastructure.

Europe's three biggest telcos – Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Telefonica, have said Google must share advertising revenue from services carried on their networks or they will ask EU regulators to intervene.

“There is something totally not normal and contrary to economic logic to let Google use our network without paying the price for this,” said Stéphane Richard, France Telecom's new CEO.

Telefonica has already floated the idea of charging internet search engines for the data they send rather than consumers, because the web firms currently contribute nothing towards infrastructure.

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