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Intel Streaming Media Service Faces An Uphill Battle for Bandwidth 82

Posted by timothy
from the let's-just-let-the-nsa-sort-it-out dept.
Lucas123 writes "Intel this year plans to sell a set-top box and Internet-based streaming media service that will bundle TV channels for subscribers, but cable, satellite and ISPs are likely to use every tool at their disposal to stop another IP-based competitor, according to experts. They may already be pressuring content providers to charge Intel more or not sell to it. Another scenario could be that cable and ISP providers simply favor their own streaming services with pricing models, or limit bandwidth based on where customers get their streamed content. For example, Comcast could charge more for a third-party streaming service than for its own, or it could throttle bandwidth or place caps on it to limit how much content customer receives from streaming media services as it did with BitTorrent. Meanwhile, Verizon is challenging in a D.C. circuit court the FCC's Open Internet rules that are supposed to ensure there's a level playing field."
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Intel Streaming Media Service Faces An Uphill Battle for Bandwidth

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  • Not A Good Summary (Score:4, Informative)

    by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Sunday June 16, 2013 @05:58PM (#44024089)

    "This is why we can't have nice things."

    I think all the actions described by OP as a way ISPs may try to limit the service are already illegal.

    (1) They can't legally discriminate based on source.

    (2) They can't legally charge one outside source significantly more than another because that would violate (1).

    (3) They can't legally charge more for services that are not their own. (There is a Federal law specifically prohibiting that.)

    I suspect OP is much ado about nothing.

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