Ofcom urges web firms to join content debate

Internet companies must play a bigger part in debates on content regulation and consumer protection as traditional broadcast...

Internet companies must play a bigger part in debates on content regulation and consumer protection as traditional broadcast media deliver content over IP networks, communications industry regulator Ofcom has said.

The watchdog believes the growth of IP as a delivery mechanism, driven by local loop unbundling and new fixed wireless access models, will offer opportunities for greater innovation in next generation services, such as multimedia content on demand.

Ofcom communications director Matt Peacock, speaking at a reception to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Internet Exchange, said, "The internet industry will have an important role to play by working in areas such as meta-tagging, filtering software and media literacy."

Peacock anticipated a broad public debate about the feasibility of applying the traditional broadcast regulatory model to content delivered over IP.

The Communications Act 2003 excludes internet content from the regulations imposed upon conventional broadcast content.

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