KT to Limit Smart TV Internet Access

Ji-yoon Lee, The Korea Herald:

KT Corp., the nation’s largest fixed-line operator, said Thursday that it would limit the Internet access of smart TVs from Friday, urging TV makers like Samsung and LG to pay the costs for network use.

Samsung, obviously, doesn’t like this:

KT’s decision goes against the principle of network neutrality, under which consumers can use services without discrimination. Moreover, we need to verify whether smart TVs actually cause excessive data traffic.

This is odd. Internet connectivity is fast and affordable in South Korea. For instance, my parents in Seoul pay roughly US$20 per month for a 100mbps pipe. I doubt smart TVs will put much of a dent into that kind of bandwidth.