I am at a conference whose location I can´t disclose but where the top heads of the telecom and internet industries in the United States are all gathered. At this conferences everyone would get along if it wasn´t for the absurd fight over Net Neutrality. To me when telcos and content companies fight over Net Neutrality they seem like angry parents who are asking their kids to choose between Mom or Dad. Kids want both, and consumers want both: the telcos and the content companies. Why would consumers go for fiber to the home for example, and agree to pay more for their internet connection if there´s not amazing video content to see? If Youtube is so well featured in the iPhone it must be because Youtube helps sell more iPhones, what is the point for AT&T of making a huge investment and get people to pay more for wireless broadband and then make it hard for them to see Youtube? And what would be the point of trying to squeeze payments out of Google for Youtube when Youtube is losing money? And Google of course could pay cause they are so valuable but what about the next Chad Hurley with his hot new video start up? Who would pay his fees? What telcos need is the kind of compelling content that makes people want to have better quality fixed and wireless broadband. In Europe we don´t have a Net Neutrality debate. Nor have I heard about it in Asia. And we don´t have it because in the internet world, it takes two to tango: the telcos/cable guys and the content companies. Guys, please stop fighting!
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