Net Neutrality debate kicks off in UK as ISPs propose transparency code
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Deutsch: Netzneutralität: Britische ISPs empfehlen Transparenzkodex
Minister Ed Vaizey met with Internet service providers, Internet platforms and citizen groups including the EDRi-member Open Rights Group on 16 March 2011 to discuss network discrimination.
The positive outcome is that Tim Berners-Lee, who was at the meeting, will work with the ISPs "Broadband Stakeholders Group" on their new code. The ISPs themselves however did not feel any need to limit their ability to engage in network discrimination, arguing that market forces would prevent any serious problems from emerging. Others emphasised the difficulty in switching services which would limit the ability of the market to correct itself, and that mobile broadband suffered severe problems with little sign that anti-competitive behaviour was about to change.
Ed Vaizey's Net neutrality roundtable with Tim Berners Lee (16.03.2011)
(Contribution by Jim Killock -EDRi member Open Rights Group - UK)