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AT&T Mobility CEO says Netflix should pay a traffic tax, not customers


ATT pulled in a staggering $128.8 billion in revenue in 2013. The company’s operating income for the full year totaled more than $30 billion. According to the company’s mobile boss, however, the extra capacity needed to deliver popular services over the Internet to its customers is an expense ATT should not have to bear. While speaking at the Rutberg Global Summit in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this week, ATT Mobility chief Ralph de la Vega suggested that picking up the tab for the additional cost of streaming Netflix videos to ATT subscribers is not an option. The only two viable options, it seems, are for “everyone” to pay or for Netflix to pay. “We have to provide additional capacity and so the only question is who

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