The American Cable Association is standing its ground with its accusations that Disney has attempted to extract a per-subscriber fee from Internet service providers for its ESPN360.com Web site, and that Disney has threatened to block access to ESPN360.com for any subscriber of any ISP that declines to pay the fee.
Disney objected to the ACA’s charge yesterday (story here).
ACA President and CEO Matthew Polka issued a statement in response to Disney’s: “By its own account, Disney’s ESPN360.com business is not economically viable on its own unless broadband providers are forced to charge all subscribers for this unwanted online sports content sought by a niche audience of sports junkies.
“Media conglomerates and other Web giants must be prevented from using their market power to drive up the cost of basic broadband access, and deny independent access to their Internet content for individual users,” Polka continued. “The Obama administration, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission must take notice now before these high-cost “closed Internet” business models are replicated and damage the prospect of universal and affordable broadband access."
The ACA’s original comments can be found in its filing with the FCC on the national broadband plan (available here).