The BBC would have to pay ISPs to deliver iPlayer traffic under the government’s new internet policy recommendations. Say bye bye to HD BBC iPlayer.

Lord Carter, the Communications Minister, released his Digital Britain report yesterday, outlining the Governement’s plans for internet regulation in the future, and one of the key recommendations was to allow ISPs to charge for prioritising types of traffic. In other words, providers of bandwidth hungry services like BBC iPlayer would have to pay extra to guarantee that data would be delivered to users at a reasonable rate. Sounds like being held to ransom, if you ask us.

“Ofcom has in the past acknowledged the claims in the debate but have [sic] also acknowledge that ISPs might in future wish to offer guaranteed service levels to content providers in exchange for increased fees,” the report says.

So much for net neutrality then, Westminster, cheers for that. It’s not like it’s an important principle that stems from freedom of speech or anything. Looks like we’ll all have to start using Google’s new ISP traffic measuring tools instead.

Out TBC | £TBC | BBC (Via The Register)

  • blabpictures

    So the BBC aren’t allowed as much revenue from license payers or government funding, they need to share it around more and cut costs but at the same time be forced to pay MORE to ISPs for delivering the content?
    Has the government gone completely insane, or are they just trying to kill the BBC completely?

  • Ben Sillis

    Bit of both, I’d say. It doesn’t help that every single print media source and other TV channel has the knives out for it too.

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