(Reuters) By Georgina Prodhan
A new service from British telecoms provider BT that allows Internet service providers to pay for higher-quality video delivery will not create a two-tier Internet, BT said on Tuesday.
BT was responding to concerns raised in a Financial Times article that its new wholesale offering violated the principle of "net neutrality," which says all Internet traffic should be treated equally.
Allowing powerful content providers to pay for premium delivery could put smaller players at a competitive disadvantage to the likes of Google's YouTube or the BBC's iPlayer television catch-up service.
The FT said BT's Content Connect would give broadband providers the tools to create a two-tier Internet.
But BT replied: "Contrary to recent reports ... BT's Content Connect service will not create a two tier Internet, but will simply offer service providers the option of differentiating their broadband offering through enhanced content delivery.
"BT supports the concept of net neutrality but believes that service providers should also be free to strike commercial deals should content owners want a higher quality or assured service delivery," it said in a statement.
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