Tellabs Boss Favors Tiered Internet

What would a telco conference be without a smattering of debate on Net Neutrality?

Well, wonder no more, as Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA) CEO Rob Pullen -- who is also chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) 's Board of Directors -- is set to provide an overview of the communications equipment industry at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, to the assembled media at NXTcomm.

That overview, Pullen tells Light Reading, will include talk about the TIA’s role in the industry as a lobbying group, and its position as “the thought process leader” in energy efficiency.

But as regulatory issues go, Pullen says he’s anticipating a lot more debate over the state of the Internet.

“The bigger issue is probably going to be surrounding net neutrality,” Pullen says. “My personal position is to have a light regulatory position on net neutrality.”

Pullen says the Internet has succeeded in providing distributed intelligence and in speeding up commerce. “There lies the debate: Should end users have unlimited access and not have to pay for it? My answer is, ‘No.’

“You should pay for certain quality of service and service-level agreements, and the network provider should give you that in return,” he says.

“I believe you’re going to see over time that there’s going to be special quality of service and service-level agreements… to enable different levels of premium service versus a lower entry price.

“I’d like a light regulatory position, versus having the FCC and the government get heavily involved. I’d like for it to play out in market dynamics and capitalism."

But what of the free, open Internet, as guaranteed in the copy of the U.S. Constitution that’s been rewritten and footnoted in crayon here in Light Reading’s offices? Well, that’s just not going to happen, Pullen says.

“I would like unlimited usage,” he says, "but it’s not a sustainable business model."

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 3:38:41 PM
re: Tellabs Boss Favors Tiered Internet Tellabs is nor a player. And the concept of Tiered Internet access is as old as the hills.
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