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February 10, 2006

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Even if Google does not provide a unique value proposition to any individual access provider, it is erroneous to say that it does not add value to access providers generally. Google's existence marginally increases demand for the Internet as a whole, and makes selling those fat pipes that much easier, even though the access provider realizes no direct revenue from Google-inspired traffic.

Trying to selectively charge for otherwise free content, that the access provider had no part in creating, and which is carried over a pipe the subscriber has already paid for, is simply rent-seeking, the practice of erstwhile monopolists.

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