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Author Topic: Survey Warns UK Website Blocking Could Trigger More ISP Switches  (Read 193 times)


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A new survey has warned that the Government’s increasing moves to force home broadband ISPs into censoring (blocking) internet websites could result in 64% of UK people changing their broadband provider for one that’s less intrusive.

The findings stem from a new August 2018 survey of 2,011 UK adults, which was conducted by Overall the comparison site suggests that the country is divided on whether ISPs should be allowed to censor sites and content on the whole, with 21% believing they should be able to and 27% thinking they shouldn’t.

Interestingly those aged 18-34 admit to using the internet for a combined average of almost 11.5 hours per week and nearly half (45%) have attempted to access a site that was blocked. On top of that a quarter of all respondents also said they would switch ISP if the Government introduces its new Age Verification System for commercial pornographic sites, which would force ISPs to block those that don’t comply.

At present all of the major broadband ISPs already offer Parental Controls (network level filtering) that can be used to block such content, although these are optional and the Government’s proposed solution would also add a mandatory layer of censorship (most likely only at the DNS level).

One problem with the idea of switching ISPs to avoid such censorship is that the policy will apply to almost all providers (this is still a bit of a grey area for smaller providers, which might struggle with the costs of implementation). Business connectivity providers seem to be largely exempt and it will also be child’s play to circumvent the censorship (VPN, Proxy Servers etc.).

    Emily Thompson, MoneySuperMarket, said:

    “The findings from this research are very relevant to conversations around net neutrality and what constitutes a ‘fair internet’. Net neutrality is the concept that all data on the internet should be served equally, with no connections to sites favoured over others – so it seems that Brits really value having the freedom to explore the internet at their leisure, without ISPs implementing blocks or throttling services based on package types.

    While the dialogue regarding net neutrality in the UK is relatively low-key, it has controversially been repealed in the US, suggesting that it could become a much bigger issue once Brexit is finalised and we look at rethinking European legislation. For now, ISPs need to decide what’s in the best interest of their customers: eschewing the current net neutrality laws to reduce competition or getting on the side of the consumer and keeping the internet fair and equal.”
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