The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the UK government’s advisory group on broadband, is launching a review into the industry-led approach to net neutrality – a practice it helped establish.
The BSG has commissioned WIK, a German government body that specialises in research and consulting services to the telecoms, energy and transport industries, to carry out the review.
It said the review had been commissioned as “a form of good practice” and to assess the UK’s approach to net neutrality ahead of the European Commission’s plan to enshrine it in law from April next year.
In a statement, the BSG said the review aims to assess the current structure’s “effectiveness” and what improvements can be made “to the benefit of consumers and content and service providers”.
All major telcos and ISPs had signed up to the Open Internet Code as of January this year.
The Code, which was established in 2012, committed signatories to the provision of full and open internet access products, and banned the targeting and degrading of content.
The BSG Chief Executive Matthew Evans said: “The UK’s self-regulatory approach has meant that consumers have benefited from increased transparency, service providers have been given regulatory certainty and content providers have been protected from discriminating practices.
“It is right that we review the Codes’ compliance under the new EU Regulation and make sure that they are fit for the future.”
Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey added: "I welcome this decision by industry and the Broadband Stakeholder Group to review the Open Internet and transparency codes of practice.
“Both codes have been essential in making sure we have an open Internet for consumers in the UK. The Government encouraged the industry to develop a self-regulatory solution and so I am delighted with their success.”