“The Internet can’t be free … because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes free is nuts!”

SBC CEO Ed Whitacre, on how he expects to get paid twice for the use of his phone lines — once by his customers, and again by any Internet service his customers want to use, BusinessWeek, 7 November 2005 (issue date)