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June 29, 2009

Broadcasters should pay for content according to Tiscali


by David Allen

The question of net neutrality is never far away when the subject of the BBC iPlayer is brought up.

Ever since its introduction internet service providers have been upset at the amount of bandwidth this service eats up.

The problem is someone has to pay for the bandwidth and at the moment it is the ISPs picking up the bill.

The ISP Tiscali has from the beginning been outspoken when it comes to the BBC iPlayer and has followed the announcement from BT that the BBC should pay for its content to be delivered, with a further call that the BBC should help out with the costs associated with devices like the iPlayer.

The ISPs often quote that the BBC already pays for its content to be distributed through the satellite service provided by BSkyB, so why should online distribution be free of charge?

This move by both BT and Tiscali could be the beginning of the end of net neutrality, although some experts would say that has already started anyway.

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