European operators lobby ITU for rules forcing OTT providers pay for network investment

The Brussels-based telecoms lobby group ETNO presented a proposal to the International Telecommunications Union that calls for online service providers contribute to the cost of maintaining and building networks. The proposal would see network services based more on quality of service and the value of traffic, enabling operators to charge higher tariffs for "value-added network services" that guarantee a certain quality and reliability to both the over-the-top service providers as well as subscribers The ITU, a body of the United Nations, is pondering an Internet tax designed to make the largest online content providers pay up for the privilege of serving non-U.S. customers. Article