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Broadband providers against web mediation plans

Tuesday, November 2nd 2010 by Cable.co.uk

The Internet Service Providers Association has issued a warning about Ed Vaizey's web mediation proposals.

A body representing the UK's broadband providers has warned its members could be placed under extra burdens as a result of new government proposals.

Communications minister Ed Vaizey revealed he is keen to see the likes of Be Broadband, Plusnet and Virgin Media help out with the process of removing potentially harmful information from the web.

Mr Vaizey cited the example of a women's refuge that was pictured on Google's Street View application, making details of the facility widely available.

However, the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) stressed the proposals could create additional work for companies and questioned how any mediation service would deal with content hosted outside the UK.

"ISPA will be talking to government about the work that internet service providers already do in this area," a spokesman from the body added.

As well as the aforementioned companies, the trade organisation can also count the likes of BT, Microsoft and Sky among its members.

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