Ofcom: BBC not accountable for 'web meltdown'
Posted in: Governance at 30/04/2008 14:00
The BBC should not be forced to pay for upgrading the U.K.'s broadband network to cater for the growing number of video downloads, telecommunication watchdog Ofcom has said.
Recent reports have highlighted that services such as the BBC's iPlayer and Google's YouTube have created increased demand for online video content, which may send the web into meltdown. With this in mind, U.K. ISPs have been demanding that the BBC should contribute towards the estimated £830 million (US$16.6 billion) it will cost to provide the extra capacity needed to deliver video online.