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'ISPA delivers industry roadmap to UK govt'
[July 22, 2010]

'ISPA delivers industry roadmap to UK govt'

Jul 22, 2010 (DMEUROPE via COMTEX) -- The UK ISPA has called on the government to better coordinate its internet policymaking across government departments. The recommendation is one of eight published in the ISPA's Roadmap for the Internet, addressed to government, MPs and the industry. In addition to better coordination, the ISPA wants the government to defend the intermediary status of internet services providers, helping the sector avoid any legal liability in copyright-infringement suits, and promote more "innovative" online content distribution models. On tapping legislation, the group called for a "proportionate approach" that balances the requirements of law enforcement, demands on communication providers and users' right to privacy. The industry also wants a a clear regulatory environment on broadband, which "rewards investment in digital infrastructure to ensure access to faster broadband for all".

This should include a review of the current treatment of dark fibre assets with the aim of reducing the obstacles to small scale deployments of dark fibre networks. In addition, the government should change procurement strategies to encourage future proofed solutions and the adoption of new technologies, such as IPv6. Finally, the ISPA called for more adequate resources for public bodies to deal with online safety issues.

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