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ISPA Fractured Over UKIF Support

Posted: 06th Nov, 2004 By: MarkJ
Stephen Dyer, chairman of ISP Mailbox Internet and a director on the board of the UK Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), has reportedly been forced out of the board due to his support for the UKIF group:

UKIF (UK Internet Federation) first surfaced in August to lobby against wholesale broadband price hikes which it claimed could lead to dozens of smaller ISPs going bust. However, the emergence of UKIF caused friction with ISPA and now it appears that Mr Dyer has become a casualty of that rift.

In a personal statement Dyer wrote: "Whilst being an ISPA Council member, during the last few months I have supported the UKIF initiative to defend members of ISPA, the wider industry and my own company from a serious threat due to new developments in the structure of BT pricing and OFCOM regulation in relation to Broadband.

"However in practice the perception of UKIF as a possible competitor to ISPA has created distrust on the ISPA Council to the extent that they today have voted that I should cease to be a director.
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Dyer has now resigned from the position, although perhaps the ISPA should be looking harder towards the reason for groups, such as the UKIF, to emerge in the first place.

Usually, when a large enough group of people feel that they're not being represented well enough, such new factions will grow. More @ The Register.
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