The bill stipulates that the Internet giants should negotiate a usage fee with publishers and broadcasters. If the negotiations fail, a state-appointed arbitrator should set the fees. “Should this version of the media guidelines become law, then we will have no other realistic option except to make the Google search function in Australia no longer accessible,” said Alphabet Manager Mel Silva, who is responsible for Australia and New Zealand, in a hearing at the Senate Committee.
Internet supply balloon project stopped
The subsidiary Loon founded for this purpose is closed. “We haven’t found a way to reduce costs to the point that long-term sustainable business is possible,” Loon boss Alastair Westgarth wrote in a blog post today.
The idea was that remote and sparsely populated areas could be supplied with Internet in this way more cheaply than with conventional telecommunications infrastructure. In the meantime, Google and Facebook also tried drones for this purpose, but gave up these plans relatively quickly.
The group’s best-known innovation project to date is the robot car company Waymo, which is considered a leading player in autonomous driving.