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Internet Neutrality

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on internet neutrality; and if he will make a statement. (93816)

The Government are looking at the issue of net neutrality in the context of the EU review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications. Our current view is that in a competitive market customers can benefit from a choice of prices and access speeds set by the access provider. This will work as long as customers understand what they are paying for and can change service provider if they wish to quickly, easily and cheaply. On this basis, we believe that competition law should suffice in dealing with any issues arising. While this is not currently an issue in Europe or the UK we are keeping the situation under review.

Details about the EU review (including links to Commission papers) can be found on the DTI website: http://www.dti.gov.uk/sectors/telecoms/2006review/page26449.html