Majority of UK Internet Service Providers Sign Net Neutrality-Like Code of Practice

July 25, 2012 -

While most of the major internet service providers are signing on to a voluntary "code of practice" that would bind them to providing open access to the Internet, not everyone believes in the idea of solidarity. The code pledges that signatories will vow to offer open and full access to the internet, not prioritize traffic to its own products and services or prohibit access to legal content. So far, BT, O2, TalkTalk, Sky, Be, Kcom, Giffgaff, Plusnet, Tesco Mobile, and Three have signed the code. Unfortunately the code also allows for data capping heavy traffic users, but it does allow for parental blocking by request, and the ability to comply with court orders.

Those who have signed on to the code will go before the Broadband Stakeholders Group (BSG), which is comprised of UK regulator Ofcom, other ISPs, and media companies.

But three companies decided not to sign the code: Virgin Media, Everything Everywhere, and Vodafone. Virgin Media thinks that the code's language is too vague and will be used by unscrupulous individuals who will do harm. The company said that it has no intention of discriminating against traffic in any way despite not signing the code.

Vodafone is also bothered by the vague language of the code and wants to avoid sending customers a "confusing message." Finally, Everything Everywhere said that it didn't sign on to the code because it thinks the internet is not ready for such a code and because Internet technology is still evolving. They added that they are also for a free and open Internet.

Source: Tech Radar

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