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Broadband inadequacy holding the country back as UK businesses give backing to net neutrality

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Concerns about UK broadband speed remain with 31% thinking the UK government isn’t doing enough

  • Only 19% think ISPs should be allowed to tier internet access

  • 27% say the government is confused about how to deliver faster broadband

  • 35% believe tiered internet will stifle innovation

Milton Keynes, 2 June 2011 – Research published today shows widespread support for net neutrality amongst the IT community. The study, commissioned by Powernet, the UK’s oldest, independent business ISP, shows that while one in three IT decision makers think the government is not doing enough to support Digital Britain, only 19% believe the government should allow ISPs to tier traffic and just 17% would be willing to pay for a top tier service.

The survey revealed the dilemma facing government with 77% saying a reliable business connection is critical to the future of their business, but only a minority of IT decision makers willing to sacrifice net neutrality to secure this. Many feel a tiered internet would have a knock-on effect for businesses with 40% believing the practice would affect fair access to the internet and 35% saying it would stifle innovation.

With recent research showing not one British city would make it into the global connectivity top 100, the study shows that the Government needs to do more to give British businesses the broadband speed they need. One in four IT decision makers (27%) think the government is confused about how it will roll out faster broadband.

“This research represents a blow to those who support the two tier internet and reveals a groundswell of support for net neutrality amongst the IT community,” said Tony Tugulu, Powernet’s CEO. “Broadband is the lifeblood of British businesses, but there is a real concern that the UK is lagging behind the rest of the world. UK businesses think the government should be doing more to help boost our digital infrastructure and they are also clear that tiering Internet access isn’t the answer. It’s time for the government and ISPs to come together and put together a plan that will help move the country into the digital fast lane as quickly as possible.”

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Powernet commissioned research from OnePoll, who surveyed 100 UK IT decision makers in January 2011.

About Powernet
Founded in 1995, Powernet is the oldest, independently owned Business ISP in the UK. Ongoing investment in its core network has created one of the most resilient infrastructures currently available in the UK with Network Operations Centres in Milton Keynes, London and Manchester. Powernet specialises in providing Wide Area Network (WAN) solutions to organisations with multiple locations, alongside Internet connectivity, hosting and VoIP services for a variety of business customers including Travis Perkins, Silverstone, Sheffield City Council, Jaguar and Land Rover.