[connect-bof] Germany and Dtag has some funny ideas http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/deutsche-telekom-pushes-all-german-internet-safe-from-spying-a-933013.html

Will Hargrave will at harg.net
Wed Nov 13 10:56:22 CET 2013

On 13 Nov 2013, at 09:25, Carsten Schiefner <ripe-wgs.cs at schiefner.de> wrote:

>> I personally think their want the monopoly back. Oh, the good old times
>> without competition :-)
> the smell is just too strong here to go unnoticed: this is pure market 
> powerplay for dominance in the disguise of "The Good for the People". If 
> domestic traffic needs to be routed within the borders of that very 
> domain - whether this is a country or the Schengen EU - it would 
> drastically reduce the number of carriers, ISPs etc. In essence, the 
> only carrier(s) to be able to do this on a national/Schengen EU wide 
> level is/are the... [DRUM ROLL] incumbent carrier(s)!

The irony is, it is these sorts of large carriers who, without oversight, started selling our data to governments in the first place! 

With increasing focus on liberalising the market for services in the EU, excluding British companies from competing on a level footing within the EU would be interesting. (e.g. consider Vodafone's recent acquisition of Kabel Deutschland) 

The prospect of countries 'pulling up the drawbridge' is concerning. Politicians are finally realising that it is not the US dominance of organisations like ICANN which matters to the Internet but the actual network itself. We can expect similar rhetoric in the future.


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