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Sunday, August 31st, 2008

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4:40p
Wait, what?
Has anyone heard about this? When we, Verizon subscribers, visit the site espn360.com we're greeted with the front page and a message: "Congratulations! Your high speed internet service provider, Verizon, carries ESPN360.com."

I run a quick Google search and, of course, run into the Wikipedia article, quoting:
"ESPN360.com is a broadband network for live sports programming in the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Europe. In the U.S. the network can only be accessed through Internet service providers who have signed up and paid ESPN for the programming. The entire service is free to the individual (the ISP pays for the cost) with few advertisements. There are occasions where ESPN360.com is "all access" and permits all individuals to access the site. These periods are advertised on the ESPN family of networks. (In that way, ESPN360.com is similar to the ESPN cable networks, in which distributors sign carriage deals.) Outside the US the service is available via both subscribing and non-subscribing ISP's with some of the content offered on a subscription basis only."

What?

I'm guessing (because I've not researched it) that, because ESPN is not an ISP, they can do whatever they feel like regarding subscription and availability. But in my educated opinion, this is borderline Net Neutrality issues, isn't it? Am I wrong? Can anyone who wants to sign up for it? If that's not the case, this reeks of foul play.

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