BT says BBC should fund iPlayer costs


June 11, 2009

Following claims by the BBC that the internet service provider, BT, has been throttling the broadband connections for iPlayer users, BT has responded by calling on the BBC to start contributing to the cost incurred by the ISP due to the demands put on the system by the iPlayer.

This is not the first time that the iPlayer has come under attack from the ISPs, who complain that the device creates a huge amount of traffic, leaving the ISPs struggling to cope.

This has meant that many ISPs have been limiting video streaming traffic.

Yet the regulator Ofcom has come out in defence of the BBC, saying that the broadcaster could not be held responsible for the cost of updating the UK’s broadband network or contributing to the costs incurred by the ISPs for simply providing a service.






 

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