Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th December 2017.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government's policy is on net neutrality.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

We will continue strongly to support a free and open internet, as the bedrock for a thriving and innovative digital economy. We support a free and open internet. Our net neutrality rules work well to help ensure users, not internet companies, are in control.

As such, we are clear that users of internet services should be able to access the services they wish to, without unnecessary blocking or slowing down by providers. The UK is currently subject to net neutrality rules brought in through the EU Open Internet Access Regulation. In order to ensure the immediate continuity of legislation after we exit the EU, over the coming months the Government will be converting EU law into UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. This means that the net neutrality rules will continue to be in place after we leave the EU.

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