Italy Says YouTube Is Like TV & Should Be Regulated Like TV

More and more people are cutting the cord and moving from television to the Internet. But does that mean sites like YouTube should be treated like television channels? Italy thinks so.

More and more people are cutting the cord and moving from television to the Internet, watching Google TV, Apple TV, checking out their favorite shows on Hulu and entertaining themselves on YouTube. But does that mean sites like YouTube should be treated like television channels? Italy thinks so.

According to Tech.Blorge Technology News, who sites a translated article from Italian technology news site la Repubblica, it looks like YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and other online video sites in for a whole new set of rules, as Italian broadcasting regulators have formally placed video sharing sites in the same class as broadcast stations and will be regulating them as such. The decision has come as part of a plan by AGCOM, Italian communications regulator, who wants to place online TV and radio stations under the same regulations of offline broadcasters.