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Regulatory Implications of Over-The-Top Video

Regulatory Implications of Over-The-Top Video

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The last two years have brought rapid growth in delivering video entertainment over the Internet (over-the-top video). The content that is being delivered is high production quality video entertainment that has traditionally been delivered by over-the-air broadcasts or through a subscription to a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD). Many MVPDs are seeing drops in subscriber numbers as over-the-top video continues to grow. In response MVPDs are using their position as controllers of last mile connections to re-shape the way the Internet works that pose some new regulatory questions and warrant revisiting some old decisions.
The last two years have brought rapid growth in delivering video entertainment over the Internet (over-the-top video). The content that is being delivered is high production quality video entertainment that has traditionally been delivered by over-the-air broadcasts or through a subscription to a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD). Many MVPDs are seeing drops in subscriber numbers as over-the-top video continues to grow. In response MVPDs are using their position as controllers of last mile connections to re-shape the way the Internet works that pose some new regulatory questions and warrant revisiting some old decisions.

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Regulatory Implicationsof Over-The-Top Video
Discrimination, Pricing and Interconnection
Jonathan CarrollTLEN 5380²Future of Video: Tech, Policy and Economics²Fall 2010University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Telecommunications ProgramDecember 7, 2010
 
Regulatory Implications of Over-The-Top Video
 
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Table of Contents
Regulatory Implications of Over-The-Top Video ............................................................... 1 Introduction .................................................................................................................. 1The Video Market ......................................................................................................... 1
Over-The-Top Internet Video ............................................................................................................ 2
 
Content Owners and Producers ......................................................................................................... 3
 
MVPD ............................................................................................................................................. 4
 Two Business Models Collide ........................................................................................ 5
Not Everyone is Embracing the Revolution ........................................................................................ 6
 
The Battle for the Internet ................................................................................................................. 6
 The Regulatory Boogeyman .......................................................................................... 9
Not All Bits Are Created Equal ......................................................................................................... 9
 
Closing the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet ................................................................................................. 10
 
The Only Bridge has a Troll Under It ............................................................................................... 10
 
If We Touch The Internet It Might Break ......................................................................................... 10
 Conclusion .................................................................................................................. 11
 
Jonathan CarrollTLEN 5380²Future of Video: Tech, Policy and Economics²Fall 2010University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Telecommunications ProgramDecember 7, 2010
Regulatory Implications of Over-The-Top Video
 
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Regulatory Implications of Over-The-Top Video
Introduction
The last two years have brought rapid growth in delivering video entertainment over the Internet (over-the-top video). The content that is being delivered is high productionquality video entertainment that has traditionally been delivered by over-the-air broadcastsor through a subscription to a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD). ManyMVPDs are seeing drops in subscriber numbers as over-the-top video continues to grow. Inresponse MVPDs are using their position as controllers of last mile connections to re-shapethe way the Internet works that pose some new regulatory questions and warrant revisitingsome old decisions.
The Video Market
´Many advocates of network neutrality are fighting to defend openness. But not everyone in the debate is fighting over the social value of the Internet. The 800-pound  gorillas, the large industrial players, are fighting over revenue models and the future of  an industry. And right now, what they are fighting over is the future of television.µ 
-David Clark, Internet Protocol Architect(Clark 702)
 
Television is a constantly evolving medium that originally began as an over the air  broadcast medium. Over time cable came to replace over the air broadcasts as the main

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