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BBC can enforce Net Neutrality through sheer market power

Friday 19 November 2010 | 15:56 CET | Author: Tim Poulus | Market Commentary
The debate over net neutrality, hitherto an American affair, has moved on to Europe. British Minister for Communications Ed Vaizey said in a speech that ISPs should have more freedom to prioritise traffic. The BBC, one of the most popular players on the web in the UK thanks to its iPlayer (catch-up TV), protested against the statements, Dutch head of the BBC Future Media & Technology unit Erik Huggers said. The BBC announced it will develop an application showing end users if traffic is being throttled. It is hightly unlikely that the BBC will pay ISPs for the iPlayer to enjoy traffic

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Categories: Internet
Companies: BBC / Google / Verizon
Countries: United Kingdom / World
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The issue of NN is also being tested in Canada and there has been legal cases and positions presented by both Telcos and the supporters of NN. The larger issue is one of cost and as the explosive growth of disruptive applications such as Social Networks continues, there will be a significant impact on the Capex by Telcos and others carriers to provide faster access networks to keep end users happy. While there is serious arguments in favour of NN from an ISP or user perspective, there needs to be some checks on the capacity impacts of carriers.
Zain Khan @ 22/11/2010 - 12:01


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