For a while we have heard how BT isn’t happy about the congestion caused by services such as YouTube and BBC iPlayer. Playing video content is demanding on your connection and therefore demanding on BTs infrastructure. This doesn’t just affect those on BT Broadband but anyone in the UK who uses a BT line to access the internet, other than cable customers this is the majority of us! Therfore it seems that BT is now allowing ISPs to charge content providers i.e. YouTube, BBC etc so that users can access their service.
Of course the content providers don’t have to pay up but this means customers will only get video delivered at a much slower rate resulting in more buffering or quality reduction.
The fear of course is this will mean “net neutrality” is under threat and that a tier based internet will arrive something that the Internet was never supposed to have! BT says it still supports net neutrality and that the new service will actually speed up download speeds as there will be less congestion on the network. Of course if services like YouTube and BBC iPlayer didnt exist then the net would be a much faster place but what’s the point in fast connection speeds if you cant access rich content?
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