The Information who says that a person was "briefed on the matter" in regards to Amazon's plans for launching their own Internet service in various markets throughout Europe. From what we know so far, the Internet service will be offered in some form of exclusivity to Prime subscribers. However, we don't know if this means that Prime members will get a discount on the service or if they'll get it for free. We're going to assume that it would be the former of those two, but it's too early to tell without having an concrete info from Amazon itself.The report comes by way of
As for how the Internet service would actually work, Amazon would piggyback off of existing networks rather than attempt and create their own. This makes a great deal more sense from a financial standpoint, and with that being the case, the United Kingdom looks to be a promising prospect for Amazon's Internet service considering that the country supports an open network infrastructure. In addition to the UK though, Germany could also be a potential candidate because of the similar open nature of Deutsche Telekom that exists there.
Amazon has yet to make an official comment on the matter, but this does seem like a logical step for the company to make. Amazon is continuing to look for ways to improve their Prime subscription service, and introducing their own Internet plan could be the next big thing for them. And, if this does turn out to be true, we'd certainly hope that the service would one day make its way outside of Europe and to other countries like the US and Canada.