BSG launches review into UK net neutrality

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) has launched an independent review into the UK’s open internet code of practice.

The government advisory body aims to assess the effectiveness of the present self-regulatory methods, how they compare to the EU’s net neutrality proposals and what improvements can be made to benefit consumers and content and service providers. 

"The UK's self-regulatory approach has meant that consumers have benefited from increased transparency, service providers have been given regulatory certainty and content providers have been protected from discriminating practices," said Matthew Evans, CEO of the BSG.

"It is right that we review the codes' compliance under the new EU regulation and make sure that they are fit for the future," he said.

The BSG helped to facilitate the creation of the UK’s Open Internet and Traffic Management Transparency code of practice, published in 2011 and 2012. The code sought to ensure the provision of full and open internet access and to prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from using traffic management practices to degrade the services of a competitor. 

Ed Vaizey, UK minister for the digital economy, said he welcomed the decision by the industry and BSG to review the open internet and transparency codes of practice. 

"Both codes have been essential in making sure we have an open internet for consumers in the UK," he added. 

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