UK telcos are calling for the UK to adopt the World Wide Web’s open, net neutrality, principle that all websites should be treated equally under the law.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is expected to open its services in the UK on Friday and will have unlimited internet to its customers.
But the UK government has said it wants to keep it a “telecommunications network” which is defined as “an electronic network that is designed to be used for the communication of electronic data”.
That means, in theory, that any network provider could block websites and slow down speeds to other websites.
This would prevent the government from trying to force the companies to offer a higher level of internet access than the UK has.
But in practice, many of the companies that provide the UK’s internet access, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, are likely to be slow to change.
The government is currently looking at a proposal from the European Commission to give the internet access market a boost by requiring companies to provide the same level of broadband access to everyone as the UK currently provides.
But this proposal has been criticised by some, including the Labour Party, who say it will make it harder for people to access the internet.
“It will be very difficult for a UK company to compete in the digital economy and, consequently, will lead to higher prices for consumers,” said the party’s general election spokesman Andrew Gwynne.
“There will be no new competition for the benefit of the many, so we will be losing out on the investment that will be made in the new infrastructure that will benefit the many.”
The Government said it would be “extremely cautious” about any new regulation, saying it wanted to see what was best for consumers.
The British Council has also been lobbying for the government to take a “pro-consumer” approach.
In a statement, the organisation said: “We believe that an open internet and an open, flexible internet is critical to the future success of a free and open society, and the Commission’s proposal is the right response to this important issue.”
However, the British government has already shown that it is not open-minded about open internet, and is not interested in the free market solutions that are needed to provide an open and open internet.
“The Council also said it was worried about the impact of a proposed “net neutrality” law on consumers’ ability to access internet services, which are not regulated under the UK laws.”
The UK government’s position is that the law should apply to the internet, so if that means the government decides that there is no need for a ‘net neutrality’ regulation, then that is where we would like to see it,” it said.