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Be Broadband Offers Free Connection and Comments on Wiki Block

Posted: 08th Dec, 2008 By: MarkJ
UK ISP Be Broadband (O2) is offering new customers a free broadband service until the end of December with no connection fee to pay. The time limited offer will only be available until 14th December 2008, after that its services will return to normal.

The provider has also commented on the current Wikipedia blocking fiasco that, through use of the Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) block list, has prevented untold numbers of UK Internet users from altering Wiki content (original news):

Be Statement:

We wanted to let our members know that we are aware of the situation and are currently looking into it.

The reason that the Wikipedia page in question was blocked appears to be that the Internet Watch Foundation considers that it would be illegal to view it under English law. We are yet to confirm this and we will let our members know why it was blocked as soon as we know.

This is the first time that a situation like this has occurred since Be signed up to the Internet Watch Foundation, a scheme that we signed up to with our member's best interests in mind. We are making sure that whatever happens next is for the benefit of our members and the reasons behind it are clearly communicated.

ISPreview also understands from some of the others ISPs involved that some degree of frustration has been directed towards the IWF. The situation would perhaps be less controversial had the IWF not decided unilaterally what is and isn’t illegal, even though officially the images in question remain legal and available in the UK.
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