Business Standard

Europe considers making 'Big Tech' pay for building the internet

Matt Brittin, Google's President of EMEA, said at an event in Brussels that it'll be customers who pay "either with price or pay in worse services," if Europe adds a streaming fee.

Europe considers making 'Big Tech' pay for building the internet

They do invest in infrastructure: Meta and Alphabet have spent billions of dollars laying underwater cables between continents, adding tens of billions of dollars to Europe’s economy, according to research funded by Meta.

Thomas Seal and Jillian Deutsch | Bloomberg
When binge-watching TV became a universal pastime at the height of the pandemic, one of Europe’s top officials called the chief executive officer and co-founder of Netflix and told him to make his product worse.  
Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton wanted Netflix to reduce the quality of its videos to free up bandwidth, fearing that Europe’s networks were under strain. Reed Hastings complied, cutting data output by about 25% for a month. So did YouTube.
It didn’t matter there was little evidence that networks were overloaded, or the fact Netflix already adapts video quality based on the capacity of the

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Sep 27 2022 | 10:22 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to