net neutrality, iPlayer, BBC

This is a fascinating article from the BBC

Some quotes:

Mr Gunter: network guy

“The question is about whether we invest in extra capacity or go to the consumer and ask them to pay a BBC tax,” he said.

“Inflammatory comments about blacklisting ISPs do not help. There seems to be a lack of understanding about how networks are built. Either we are not explaining it properly or it is falling on deaf ears,” he added.

Mr Highfield: content guy

told the BBC’s Today programme such “inflammatory” comments were not helpful.

“The success of the iPlayer should be of benefit to the whole UK broadband industry, increasing those who want to take up broadband,” he said.

“It may be putting extra strain on the network but it would be a bit odd for the BBC to fund such an upgrade,” he said.

In his BBC blog last week Mr Highfield laid out a 19-point plan of action for ISPs, and warned they should not try to charge content providers.

“Content providers, if they find their content being specifically squeezed, shaped, or capped, could start to indicate on their sites which ISPs their content works best on (and which to avoid).”

In an ironic twist, the BBC is state funded and the networks are not!!

See : article on the BBC

Now where have I heard these arguements before? :)


  1. Andrew says:

    The ISP for the BBC must be happy, though…

  2. Christian Laroche says:

    similar issues here in Canada:
    and now, the CBC (Canada’s BBC) has put some of it’s more popular shows (drama, sitcoms, etc.) on bitTorrent which now brings the Canadian Government – through the CRTC (regulating body) as the CBC is a crown corporation – in the mix.
    Net shaping vs. net neutrality. Who will win?