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New UK Broadband courtesy of the BBC?

Careful! This post is looking a little old and could be inaccurate in many, many ways

This morning it has been reported that many ISP’s in the UK have asked that the BBC contribute for the upgrading of the broadband network system due to the increased strain brought by the use of the iPlayer.

It seems ridiculous that ISP’s can apportion so much blame on one site for the increased strain on broadband networks. Though it is true that since it’s launch the BBC iPlayer has been very successful, but why is this one service being targeted alone. Many of the UK channels now offer an Internet TV service, this coupled with sites like Youtube and the many torrent sites must account for a larger strain on the market. However charging these websites/companies has not been mentioned.

Is it because the BBC is a publicly-funded service that the ISP’s feel they are capable of getting some free cash?