Net neutrality under threat again

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Vested interests are trying to create a segregated internet again, sigh. BT and Vodafone are the villains this time. Glad I'm not with either.

The Net Neutrality debate (i.e. protecting the open internet from abuse by UK broadband ISPs and mobile operators) reared its head again today after BT and Vodafone both put their names to a new statement by the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ENTO), which was signed by 16 telcos’ CEOs.

In case anybody has forgotten, the existing Open Internet Access Regulations – as softly enforced by Ofcom and the 2016 Open Internet Code, essentially means that providers should not impose excessive restrictions against legal internet traffic and must treat almost all of it equally (e.g. they shouldn’t favour specific services, such as by blocking or slowing access).

 

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What these proposals always fail to address is that Netflix et al do already pay traffic egress costs on the traffic they’re serving. This is an attempt, ultimately to double dip on Netflix and co.

And the reason is because the folks who are complaining have under-invested in capacity, and now want someone else to pay for the fact they have done so.
 

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This is an attempt, ultimately to double dip on Netflix and co.
which will make the subscription even pricier, resulting in more user exodus

Anyway, gotta wonder if they're actively trying to squeeze Netflix to make TV great again.
 

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you figure that it's just a play for more money?
Simplest motivation and the easiest.

Consider: what would the *management* of BT or Vodafone stand to gain from Netflix 'making better content'? But it's well understood that BT has. especially since privatisation, consistently underfunded the network - and with the underfunding, the network is pushed closer to capacity than they'd like to admit. Encouraging demand with better content would actually exacerbate their own problem in that regard.
 
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