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A new survey has revealed widespread support for the principle of net neutrality within the IT community.

Business internet service provider (ISP) Powernet found that just 19 per cent of IT decision makers are in favour of a two-tiered internet.

Just 17 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to pay for a top tier service, should traffic prioritisation come into being.

Many expressed the view that a tiered internet would have a knock-on effect for businesses, with 35 per cent saying it would stifle innovation.

"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, Chief Executive Officer at Powernet.

"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."

The European Union recently announced plans to investigate whether ISPs are proving fair and equal access to broadband services.

Neelie Kroes, the EU's Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, said she was "absolutely determined" that everyone in the EU should have the chance to enjoy the benefits of an open and lawful internet.

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