China proposes to meter all internet traffic passing borders
Posted in: Government & Policy at 21/12/2009 20:10
China wants to meter all internet traffic that passes through its borders, it has emerged.
The move would require international agreement - but it is being discussed by the United Nations body in charge of internet standards.
It would allow countries which currently receive no payment for use of their lines to generate income.
But an EU cyber security expert has warned the plan could threaten the stability of the entire internet.
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China plan to charge for cross-border internet traffic
China has pitched a plan to the ITU that would allow operators to bill for cross-border internet traffic.
The proposal calls for the use of border gateway patrol (BGP) routers to collect traffic flow data, which could be used to support a bilateral billing system, the BBC has reported.