Group Letter to Ed Vaizey Pleads for Open Net

A group of technology companies and net freedom supporters have penned a letter to Ed Vaizey and the UK government in general, stressing the need to maintain net neutrality in this country.

The letter follows concerns sparked by Vaizey's recent comments, in which he appeared to be considering abandoning the principles of net neutrality, only to do a U-turn when controversy hit and his comments were splashed all over the media.

Moves against net neutrality in America are also causing worries, and despite Vaizey's U-turn and assurance that he is in favour of keeping an open Internet, there are still enough furrowed brows amongst big companies such as Yahoo and Skype to write a joint letter urging the government to stick to its commitment.

According to the Telegraph, the letter stated: "End-users' choice of which applications, content, and services to view, use or run is already restricted in the UK today, especially when accessing the internet on mobile."

"The government's commitment to the open internet must be reflected in action on the ground to remove any such arbitrary restrictions to the open internet."

Thus far, the government hasn't responded to the missive.

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