Should ISPs be required to ensure they have sufficient upstream bandwidth to video sites like YouTube and Netflix?
“Verizon has chosen to sell its customers a product [Netflix] that they hope those customers don’t actually use,” Schaeffer said. “And when customers use it and request movies, they have not ensured there is adequate connectivity to get that video content back to their customers.”
Quite a strong statement:
The issue of access to age-inappropriate content is not a new matter and it is important not to have “knee-jerk” reactions which don’t solve the perceived problem and have major implications for the public’s right to access information in general. Notably the European Commission, as stated by vice-president Nellie Kroes [jm: sic], has come out strongly against blocking of the Internet, seeing it as an important platform for freedom of speech and she intends to “guarantee access without restriction.” We in Ireland would do well to consider carefully the impact that any rash adoption or attempted copying of UK measures might have here in the light of current and future EU legislation and policy.
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