UK Internet Providers Embrace net neutrality

UK Internet Providers Embrace net neutrality

UK Providers Embrace net neutrality

UK Internet Providers Embrace net neutrality


The UK Internet providers, EE, Virgin Media and Vodaphone have signed up to the Broadband Stakeholder Group's (BSG) voluntary code to support the "open internet". Add this too the 10 other internet providers which signed the agreement back in 2012 and this paints a very clear picture, the UK supports Net Neutrality.


UK Internet Providers Embrace net neutrality  

In a statement from Matthew Evans, the CEO of the BSG, he said that they have managed to make the regulators of the internet, as well as the internet providers in many other locations look like "squabbling idiots".


"Unlike some countries (particularly the US), where net neutrality has become a controversial topic for discussion, the UK benefits from a fiercely competitive market and high levels of transparency - which together offer the best assurance of an open internet,"

"The code now provides an even stronger and more effective foundation, whilst also allowing for an environment where new business models for internet-based services which benefit consumer choice can thrive."


This BSG agreement requires internet providers to provide a open network that "ensures that full and open internet access products, with no blocked services, will be the norm within their portfolio of products". The ISPs are also required to be open about any blocking of legal content and must not act to harm rival companies, "Not target and degrade the content or applications of specific providers.".

This agreement is a great thing for the UK and all it's internet users, this shows the UK's commitment to an open internet and a competitive marketplace. Hopefully the internet providers anr regulators in other countries will follow suit.


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20-01-2015, 13:08:25

Why be sorry? Currently our horrible FCC(who have no authority) and President are the ones trying to change how ISPs work and micromanage everything about our lives.. Everyone else is opposing the laws they are trying to enforce. But as of now it's nearly exact how it is in the UK.. no one is restricted and nothing is censored. The only difference is the competitive nature of ISPs in the US. US works entirely differently then the UK(due to so many states,states rights, etc) so the reason why competition is low is because the Government has allowed single companies to take control over vast areas/cities/towns/etc and be the only company to offer internet access. Very seldom do we have options.. now we do have local ISPs but they are mainly for businesses and expensive as all hell.

They are working on Fiber in the US. Just slowly and only in major cities. It is a lot easier to transform the UK to fiber than it is the US due to just the sheer amount of land and the US needing more/stronger networks due to the fact we have ~316million people compared to the ~64million in the UK. So whoever that CEO guy is.. guess he's the squabbling idiot Quote

21-01-2015, 14:29:06

I suppose things could be worse. David Cameron's insane plan to ban encryption coupled with ultra-fast internet means the government will have access to all your data MUCH faster.



Levison said moves to allow government access to encrypted data would weaken safety online for everyone. “Think how much information has been stolen online already in the last year,” he said, referring to the hacks of Sony, Target and Home Depot. Creating “backdoors” for US or UK authorities would make the entire system more vulnerable, he insisted.

“Encryption underpins the entire network of trust on the internet, from downloading applications to banking and software updates,” said Levison. “If you have to hand over the keys, you’d be well advised not to use some services,” he said.

Levison’s comments came as the Guardian published details of a newly uncovered 2009 document from the US National Intelligence Council that called encryption the “best defence” for computer users to protect private data.

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