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UK ISPs Claim Cameron's ‘Porn Filter’ Won’t Make a Difference

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by Ravi Mandalia
, 11 Oct 2011News

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) within the country are claiming that the new ‘porn filter’ introduced by the UK government led by David Cameron will have little effect on an overwhelming majority of their customers.

When the filtering was first suggested, there was a substantial amount of confusion about when and how will this policy be applied to existing users of BT, TalkTalk, Sky and Virgin. It is worth mentioning here that 17.6 million out of the total 19.2 million Internet users within the country are customers of these four ISPs only.

David Cameron came up with the ‘porn filter’ following a series of proposals by Mothers' Union. But, ISPs fought back on the issue, insisting that the new policy should be deployed only in the case of those people who agree to enter a new contract. According to the companies, under the new policy, users should be allowed to opt for either a connection with “parental connection” features, or one without.

According to reports by uSwitch, there are only about 5% of existing customers that change their contracts in any given quarter. With these numbers it is evident that the new policy would make any substantial difference.

"BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media are pleased to have developed and agreed a code of practice, including measures to ensure that customers are provided with an active choice as to whether to activate parental controls in the home,” read a statement according to a report by the Guardian.

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