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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Net neutrality BBC urges Ofcom to protect iPlayer (Feb25 while I was at BEREC): Guardian

Net neutrality: BBC urges Ofcom to protect iPlayer | Media | The Guardian: "“Public sector broadcasters could be increasingly exposed to this gatekeeper power, as the incentives of ISPs – and vertically integrated, converged platform operators in particular – are unlikely to be aligned with PSB objectives,” warned the report. “Such a risk is exacerbated by a regulatory regime which is in need of modernisation.”

 The corporation also said rules guaranteeing public sector broadcasters’ prominence on linear TV guides should be extended to the web, and internet providers should not be able to charge public service broadcasters for making their content available over the internet.

 The UK’s biggest broadband provider, BT, is investing heavily in its own TV service while dominant pay-TV provider Sky is moving aggressively into broadband. James Murdoch, who returned as chairman of Sky last month, has publicly criticised the BBC, saying its size and ambitions were “chilling”.

 The growth of Netflix in the US has also raised concerns about the power of internet providers over content companies, after cable TV and broadband provider Comcast began slowing down connections to Netflix until the web TV company agreed to pay for fast access." 'via Blog this'

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