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Internet: Standards

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a technical fragmentation in new Internet Protocol standards may last indefinitely, and of the impact this could have on (1) future global communications, and (2) online safety.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Officials from DCMS and other departments and agencies work closely with the internet sector on the technology and standards that underpin the internet. Different Internet Protocol standards have co-existed for 15 years or more and we do not see this as a threat to future global communications or online safety, a view widely shared by industry. We will continue to keep abreast of developments and stimulate appropriate action should this be necessary in the future.

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