ITSPA says open internet code needs full industry backing
IP communications trade body the Internet Telephony Service Providers' Association (ITSPA) has expressed disappointment that some major telecoms firms have failed to support a new voluntary code of practice on open internet principles.
Unveiled today (July 25th 2012), the code can count the likes of BT, Sky and TalkTalk among its signatories, but Virgin Media and Vodafone have both chosen not to sign up.
Companies involved in the scheme have promised to make full and open internet access products the norm and pledged not to implement traffic management policies to restrict the usage of services offered by competitors.
Eli Katz, chair of the ITSPA, noted its members hold longstanding concerns about the traffic management and transparency practices of certain communications providers - particularly mobile operators.
It is "unfortunate" that not all internet service providers have signed up, he declared, as consumers deserve to be able to clearly determine if they are being given truly open access to the web.
Mr Katz added: "It is vital that all of [the] industry endorses this document to ensure consumers are provided with more transparent information, and that new and innovative internet services can grow, without fear of anti-competitive behaviour."