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A new Open Internet Code of Practice, designed to ensure users are able to access all lawful content, has been published.

The Broadband Stakeholder Group's updated version of the code is intended to make sure web users enjoy open access without providers discriminating on the basis of commercial rivalry.

The code, which has been signed by the major broadband providers, also states that traffic management practices are clear, transparent and compliant with EU regulation.

Ed Vaizey, the Digital Economy Minister, commented: "The original code of practice, which I called for in 2011, was essential in delivering an Open Internet for the UK. 

"These revisions announced complement the recent EU Open Internet Regulation and will make sure it is applied consistently by the major UK Internet Service Providers."

Matthew Evans, Chief Executive of the Broadband Stakeholder Group, added that the code ensures the continuation of the self-regulatory approach in the UK.

This, he said, has proved successful and delivered "real benefits to UK consumers".

Mr Evans also pointed out that the revised code gives communication providers and consumers greater "clarity and certainty" about what European regulations mean in practice.

He went on to praise internet service providers and content providers, saying their "consistent and constructive engagement" was vital to the success of the process.

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