Korea v. Content Provider: When the customer isn’t always right

April 27, 2022

In our thirteenth episode, Geoff Huston joins us again for his monthly chat, this time on the historical feudings between carriers and content providers.

The latest instalment in this feud is currently playing out in Korea, where South Korean Internet Service Provider, SK Broadband, is suing Netflix to pay for the costs of increased network traffic and maintenance work because of a surge in viewers since 2018.

For Geoff, this is merely the latest in a long list of disputes dating back to the 1800s that have regularly been decided by the courts and regulators. But this most recent dispute is being watched closely by all sides around the world with Korean regulators taking a different and deliberate road that for some impedes the free market regulation model that has made the Internet into what it is today.

You can read more about Korea's network regulations in Afterword: Korea’s Challenge to the Standard Internet Interconnection Model.

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