Facebook wins lawsuit against communications watchdog over slowing down network speed
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Facebook wins lawsuit against communications watchdog over slowing down network speed

Facebook has won its lawsuit against South
Korea’s communications watchdog. A court in Seoul turned down the watchdog’s
claims that the social media giant should be penalized for intentionally causing traffic
delays over a conflict with local internet service providers.. Yoon Jung-min has details. In a ruling that is likely to affect negotiations
between local internet service providers and global IT firms, the Seoul Administrative
Court ruled in favor of Facebook on Thursday,… saying it is unjust for South Korea’s communications
watchdog to slap a penalty on the social media giant for intentionally delaying traffic. Last March, the Korea Communications Commission
imposed a fine of some 328-thousand U.S. dollars on Facebook,… arguing the company intentionally
slowed down access speed to the social network, causing inconvenience to its users in Korea. Facebook had filed a lawsuit to appeal the
fine,… and the administrative court said it does not believe Facebook intentionally
caused the problem. The communications commission said it’s going
to appeal to a higher court. The watchdog claims that in 2016, Facebook
cut a faster local server and rerouted the traffic to a slower overseas server in Hong
Kong amid on-going negotiations on network usage fees with local telecom companies. Until then, Facebook had been paying KT for
the use of its cache server. Subscribers using local telecom companies,
LG and SK, had been routed to the KT server when accessing the social network,… but
the two companies asked Facebook to use their own separate servers since the science ministry
changed network-sharing regulations. Facebook rejected the offer and cut off the
KT server,…offering the service via the server in Hong Kong instead. Korean IT firms have been complaining about
global content providers such as Youtube or Netflix, for not paying enough fees for using
local networks, as there are no guidelines for foreign companies. Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.

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