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ISP Powernet Study Highlights Business Fears about UK Internet Policy

Posted: 02nd Jun, 2011 By: MarkJ
powernet logo ukBusiness ISP Powernet has today released the results of a new study that appears to show widespread support for Net Neutrality (the principal of treating all internet traffic as equal) amongst the IT community.

The survey of 100 UK IT decision makers found that just 19% believe the government should allow ISPs to tier traffic and only 17% would be willing to pay for a top tier service. The reason for this appears to be that 40% feel the practice would affect fair access to the net and 35% worry it might stifle innovation.

Powernet's CEO, Tony Tugulu, commented:

"This research represents a blow to those who support the two tier internet and reveals a groundswell of support for net neutrality amongst the IT community. Broadband is the lifeblood of British businesses, but there is a real concern that the UK is lagging behind the rest of the world.

UK businesses think the government should be doing more to help boost our digital infrastructure and they are also clear that tiering Internet access isn’t the answer. It’s time for the government and ISPs to come together and put together a plan that will help move the country into the digital fast lane as quickly as possible."

Indeed some 27% of respondents thought that the government is confused about how it will roll out faster broadband, which is important to consider when you have 77% saying a reliable business connection is critical to their future.
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