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Stricter UK Internet Restrictions Risk Mass ISP Migrations

Posted: 13th Jun, 2011 By: MarkJ
ispreview internet broadband isp uk pollThe results from 685 respondents (polled between Mid-May and June 2011) to our latest monthly survey have revealed that 73% of Internet users in the UK are familiar with Net Neutrality (the principal of treating all internet traffic as equal) and 93.5% said they would be "Angry" if their broadband ISP began limiting access to popular online content or services (e.g. Skype, YouTube etc.).

In fact most customers would be so angry that 91% would be ready to switch provider if similarly tough restrictions were placed on their access.
Do you know what Net Neutrality is?
Yes - 72.9%
No - 27%


How would you feel if your ISP limited access to popular internet content (Skype, YouTube etc.)?
Angry - 93.5%
Indifferent - 4.6%
Happy - 1.7%


Would you switch ISP if tough restrictions were placed on your internet access?
Yes - 90.9%
Maybe - 6.7%
No - 2.3%


Who should foot the bill for your use of internet content?
The Customer (You) - 42.1%
Your ISP - 31.5%
Content Provider (e.g. Skype) - 26.2%
In theory consumers should benefit from a model where content providers pay because it would assist in keeping current broadband prices low. In practice there could be serious repercussions, both for content providers and potentially ISPs too.

An often overlooked and yet incredibly crucial part of the wider Net Neutrality debate is that content providers have already paid a bill for their bandwidth. On top of that a number of major content providers, such as Skype, continue to lose millions each year and have difficulty turning a profit.

It's not hard to imagine the chaos that could ensue if hundreds or even thousands of ISPs from around the world suddenly began demanding payments from content providers. Some would simply go out of business, thus harming the very content that makes the internet worth visiting in the first place.

Less than half (42%) of the consumers questioned by ISPreview.co.uk agreed that customers should foot the bill for their own consumption of internet content, which is the normal way of doing things (i.e. the same way you pay for your gas or water supply), and 26% felt that content providers should pay.

Meanwhile, this month's new survey asks whether or not you are concerned about the imminent depletion of IPv4 Internet addresses? Vote Here.
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