This Time, the Left Is Right: Let's Be More Like Europe
Big Tech needs to share the cost burdens related to greater internet connectivity.
The Left has spent decades telling us we need to be more like Europe.
We the People were, rightly, never overly fond of the idea.
Which perpetually perplexes the Left.
The very many very other obvious reasons aside….
Here’s an excellent question….
When the rubber meets the road - it’s people heading out of Europe to the US.
Of course, the Left never allows the facts to get in the way of a good beating.
When it comes to the Internet, the Left incessantly tells us about how much better Europe does it.
I’ll field that one. It’s called land mass. Most European countries are smaller than Texas. And we have forty-nine other states to additionally connect. So each European country has to dig MUCH less trench, lay MUCH less cable and spot MANY less transmission towers than we in the US do.
Oh: Except when the China Virus rubber met the road….
But the Left and Europe occasionally, accidentally swerve into being correct. When they do, I say: The Left is right - let’s be more like Europe.
Blind pig - meet acorn….
Oh wait - it’s Europe emulating US after all…:
“In a move which would be familiar to net neutrality campaigners in the US, European telecom’s networks are saying that the US tech giants should bear some of the costs of developing Europe's telecoms networks because they use them so heavily.”
Yes, some of us in the US have been demanding the exact same thing.
Senate Republicans Propose Making Big Tech Pay For Internet Infrastructure:
“‘For too long, Big Tech has been able to profit off of the critical infrastructure used for common day-to-day activities while not helping at a sufficient level to improve those capabilities with broadband investment….’”
Ending Big Tech's Free Ride:
“Big Tech has been enjoying a free ride on our internet infrastructure while skipping out on the billions of dollars in costs needed to maintain and build that network. Indeed, one study shows that the online streaming services provided by just five companies—Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and Microsoft—account for a whopping 75 percent of all traffic on rural broadband networks.
“The same study shows that 77-94 percent of total network costs are related to adding capacity or otherwise supporting the delivery of those streaming services. Ordinary Americans, not Big Tech, have been footing the bill for those costs.
“Yet Big Tech derives tremendous value from these high-speed networks. Indeed, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google generated nearly $1 trillion in revenues in 2020 alone—an almost 20 percent increase over the prior year.
“It would take just 0.009 percent of those revenues to eliminate entirely the unsustainable 30 percent tax that currently hits consumers on their monthly bills….
“Ending Big Tech’s free ride on the internet would represent a long-overdue return to the historic compact under which the businesses that benefit from a network pay their fair share for it. It would lower monthly bills for millions of Americans.”
So…Europe is right. And the US is right. And the Left is…inadvertently, unintentionally right.
It’s time for Big Tech to finally kick in. To help pay for the Internet infrastructure that has made them free-ride-trillionaires.
[FIRST PUBLISHED AT: Substack].
PHOTO: Map of Europe c.1911. PHOTO BY: Richard Stamp, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).