Concerns have been raised over a new BT video content services, with critics believing it could help create a two-tier internet.
Net neutrality campaigners are worried about the new offering, which enables broadband providers to charge more for higher online video quality should they wish to do so.
The Open Rights Group believes the development of the new content distribution network could jeopardise the principle of net neutrality – that all data traffic is treated equally.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Jim Killock, Executive Director of the organisation, said a reduction in competition across the open internet could also be realised, with consumers tied to specific broadband bundles.
However, Sally Davis, Head of BT Wholesale, defended the service, claiming that all broadband providers are increasing their speed capabilities, and the new service would simply allow them to improve the user experience.
She claimed that internet service providers were showing significant interest in the network.