BBC To ISPs: Don't Traffic Shape Me, Bro
from the name-and-shame dept
While there have been some complaints from ISPs about how much bandwidth the BBC’s iPlayer offering takes up, the BBC is being rather aggressive in responding. mike allen writes in to let us know that the BBC has announced that it will publicly “name and shame” any ISP that tries to traffic shape in a way that harms its iPlayer offering. As the BBC’s Ashley Highfield says: “Unlimited broadband should mean unlimited.” He then goes on to suggest that other websites also agree to name and shame traffic shaping ISPs: “Content providers, if they find their content being specifically squeezed, shaped, or capped, could start to indicate on their sites which ISPs their content worked best on (and which to avoid).” Sounds reasonable enough. Of course, you might say that if all ISPs agree to traffic shape, then naming and shaming them won’t do much good. But, if there’s a truly competitive market, that would simply open up the opportunity for one ISP to publicly claim that it wasn’t traffic shaping, and then happily watch customers come running.