ITSPA confident all broadband providers will back open internet

Thursday, July 26th 2012
All communications providers will eventually support open internet principles, either voluntarily or through regulation, the ITSPA has said.
ITSPA confident all broadband providers will back open internet
The Internet Telephony Service Providers' Association (ITSPA) has expressed confidence that all broadband firms will eventually make a commitment to offer open internet access.

A voluntary code of conduct on the open internet was published on Wednesday (July 25th 2012), with the vast majority of internet service providers (ISPs) choosing to sign up.

However, there were some notable exceptions, including Virgin Media and Vodafone.

Eli Katz, chair of online communication trade body the ITSPA, said the organisation is looking forward to all ISPs eventually putting their names to the code.

If this does not happen, Ofcom is set to launch an investigation into open internet access and ascertain whether a "more formal regulatory approach" is required, he revealed.

"Ofcom will review the situation in due course and assess the impact on customers from the code not being signed up by all," Mr Katz explained.

The code tasks ISPs with providing full and open internet access as the norm and not restricting services offered by competitors via traffic management.

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