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Communications regulator Ofcom has come in for criticism for failing to protect the principle of net neutrality.

UK internet service provider (ISP) Entanet said internet equality has "suffered a further blow" after Ofcom decided not to restrict traffic management activities.

After consulting on the issue, the regulator decided that there was no evidence of anti-competitive activity in the UK ISP and broadband market.

However, Neil Watson, Head of Service Operations at Entanet, disagreed with this stance, arguing that a two-tiered approach to the internet could now become a reality.

"We completely agree that providers should be open and honest about the traffic management policies they apply and agree with the fundamental principles of net neutrality and keeping the internet equal to everyone," he blogged.

That said, Mr Watson said he recognised the increasing pressure on ISPs to provide a high quality service for all users while the demand for and the subsequent cost of bandwidth continues to increase.

"It is inevitable that ISPs will need to put some sort of traffic management policy in place to ensure a high quality service for all customers," he stated.

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