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ASPEN, Colo.--European network providers today defended their proposal submitted to a United Nations body that would allow them to levy fees on content providers including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix.
"We believe that this situation is putting at risk our capacity to invest," said Luigi Gambardella, chairman of the executive board of the European Telecommunications Network Operators, or ETNO. "We need to rethink together and to establish a new balance."
The idea was not exactly popular with representatives of the U.S. government and Verizon, who also spoke at the Technology Policy Institute's conference here this morning.
"The proposal itself doesn't respect the way the Internet technically works," said Fiona Alexander, associate administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Obama administration has ... [Read more]