Alert: Paul Kapustka, the reporter on the story says that this response from Google came as a result of his queries about Verizon CEO’s statements at the CES, and not the recent BellSouth comments.
Google, despite all the posturing by the Regional Bell Companies is in no mood to play ball, and is ready to duke it out in the public domain. In other words, they are calling Bells’ Bluff. Jeff Pulver had made this suggestion only yesterday. In a quick email to Networking Pipeline, company spokesman Barry Schnitt writes:
Google is not discussing sharing of the costs of broadband networks with any carrier. We believe consumers are already paying to support broadband access to the Internet through subscription fees and, as a result, consumers should have the freedom to use this connection without limitations.