it was not the role of regulation to protect established broadcasters from new competition operating under different business models.Daft EU proposal (of the many many that give the whole thing a bad name and make it bloody hard to defend), and the House of Lords committee says it's daft and should be rejected. For about, oh, the 50th time since the last General Election, I find myself thanking the Lords for a bit of sense.
This is of course the main issue with new media and distribution schemes, the old providers feel threatened and try to get things "updated" in a way that simply damages innovation and forces people underground. Technology changes, markets adapt, and new methods of selling stuff undermine the old firms. The problem being that when one of the old firms does go bust, someone'll whinge the government should've stopped it, rather than pointing out it was them failed to adapt. Ah well, plus ca change.