BBC will alert users if ISPs throttle iPlayer

The BBC has said it will alert consumers if ISPs choose to degrade the quality of its iPlayer service.

BBC will alert users if ISPs throttle iPlayer

The warning comes after Communications Minister Ed Vaizey suggested the Government had no plans to protect net neutrality, and would leave decisions on web traffic management to ISPs and content providers.

That could lead to a two-tier internet, where content providers cut deals with ISPs to ensure their services get prominence over other net traffic.

The BBC’s director of future media and technology, Erik Huggers, told a Financial Times conference that the BBC was working on a traffic light warning system, that would tell consumers if their ISP was throttling their connection by showing a red, amber or green light.

The system would allow “consumers to see that their ISP is behaving appropriately,” he told the conference.

Huggers added the the BBC would be “highly unlikely” to pay ISPs to protect the quality of its TV catchup service.

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