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January 20, 2015

EE, Virgin and Vodafone sign up to Open Internet Code

broadband_stakeholder_group_ukEE, Virgin and Vodafone have signed up to the Open Internet Code, joining the those who have already signed up including BT and Sky which “supports the Open Internet”.

Open Internet Code commits ISPs to the provision of full and open internet access products and confirms that traffic throttling, or ‘management practices’ in their words, will not be used to target and degrade the services of a competitor.

Matthew Evans, CEO the the Open Internet Code creator Broadband Stakeholder Group, said:

“Unlike some countries where net neutrality has become a controversial topic for discussion, the UK benefits from a fiercely competitive market and high levels of transparency – which together offer the best assurance of an Open Internet. The Code now provides an even stronger and more effective foundation, whilst also allowing for an environment where new business models for internet-based services which benefit consumer choice can thrive.”

The code is now has BT, BSkyB, EE, KCOM, giffgaff, O2, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Tesco Mobile, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone.

However, the code still allows ISPs to ‘manage traffic’ to sites that are blocked under a court order such as those with pirated material or child abuse images.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini