UK govt favors light regulation on Net neutrality

Communications minister Ed Vaizey says ISPs should be free to explore 'flexible' business models, but digital rights campaigners argue that the government is encouraging 'walled gardens'.

The U.K. government has laid out its position on net neutrality, arguing that the issue should remain lightly regulated and that competition between ISPs will ensure future openness.

Speaking at the FT World Telecoms Conference on Wednesday, communications minister Ed Vaizey claimed that a "lightly regulated internet is good for business, good for the economy, and good for people". However, Open Rights Group chief Jim Killock responded by saying the government seemed to want to "encourage 'walled gardens' of ISP-provided services".

The net neutrality debate has multiple layers. On one level, the argument deals with whether ISPs can manage the traffic that flows over their networks--they already do this, and many people agree that they have to do so. However, the more emotive issue is that of whether ISPs can charge content providers for prioritizing their traffic over that of rivals.

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