updated 07:50 pm EST, Fri February 10, 2012
Samsung complains, refuses to negotiate
KT, Korea's largest wire-line operator and Internet services provider, has begun limiting web access to Samsung's Smart TVs. KT took the step a day after it warned Korean TV makers that it could not give Internet-enabled TVs a "free ride" over its network. The service provider wants compensation for the alleged heavy traffic the TVs create, claiming it slows down Internet service to its other customers.
KT has indicated that only Internet-capable TVs from Samsung will be affected, in part, because Samsung has refused to negotiate with the provider. LG is talking with KT, and its TVs will continue to to get Internet access.
Korea's telecommunications watchdog, the Korea Communications Commission, has chastised KT for its actions, calling them "inappropriate" and will punish the company if it determines that KT has broken any laws. Many have argued that it violates net neutrality since it would charge users extra simply because of the device being used. [via Yonhap News]