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Network Neutrality Attacked by British ISPs

Salon’s Farhad Manjoo, asks, “Is network neutrality a fake issue?” No, he says, at least for people in the U.K. who want to watch BBC videos online:

As several British papers reported over the weekend, large ISPs have threatened to shut down people’s access to the BBC’s online videos — unless, of course, the BBC pays the ISPs a fee.

The ISPs advertise unlimited access, and brag about their networks’ ability to serve video. Then, confronted with people who actually believe them, they attempt to renege or, as here, extort the creator of the videos.

Nothing to worry about here, then, is there? You bet there is.

1 Comment on “Network Neutrality Attacked by British ISPs”

  1. #1 Delia
    on Aug 13th, 2007 at 6:50 pm


    The idea that bandwidth is not infinite is hard to dismiss… so yeah, they may be crying wolf early but at some point *somebody’s* going to have to pay for “building out more network space”… and it’s either going to be profit making enterprises or… the little guy… (the ISPs are just going to have to charge people more to pay for the costs…).