The Open Internet
Issues around the Open Internet – sometimes known as the net neutrality debate – have been of interest to policy-makers, regulators and industry stakeholders for some time and recently gained public prominence following changes in regulations in the US and at the EU level.
The BSG has taken a central role in the UK and EU debates. We believe in a vibrant and Open Internet that allows for innovation in both content and infrastructure. The concept of an Open Internet is guided by 3 principles:
- Users should be able to access all legal content
- There should be no discrimination against content providers on the basis of commercial rivalry
- Traffic management policies should be clear and transparent
An Open Internet is best achieved by an effective and competitive market, combined with the transparency of traffic management policies. The UK has such a market, unlike much of the US, and has supplemented high levels of transparency with self-regulatory Codes of Practices that involve Internet Service Providers (ISPs) making tangible and specific commitments.