Phone companies are not investing in data-friendly telecomms networks despite the billions of dollars they reap from Internet users each year, according to a new study by the Internet Access Coalition.
The coalition, which represents most of the major computer and Internet interests, believes that telephone systems are slowing down the Internet. They strongly oppose any additional charges on Internet calls and plan to file the report to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC met on Thursday to discuss bandwidth issues with both Internet and phone company people(see related story). Phone companies contend that soaring Internet usage could cause a breakdown in the public telephone network. They want American Online and other Internet providers to compensate them financially for using local lines to route Internet traffic.
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