Broadband ISPs to publish details of their traffic management policies

Broadband speed checker

The UK's biggest broadband providers are to clarify their policies on how they slow down users' connections to maintain their network performance, according to the BBC.

BT, Virgin Media and Sky are among those who will publish details of their traffic management policies in an attempt to explain why they need to vary broadband connection speeds.

Critics claim the practice will lead to a two-tier internet where some services pay for faster access to their sites.

A code of practice has been drawn up by the Broadband Stakeholder Group, which represents most of the UK's large internet service providers (ISPs).

Once it comes into effect, users will be able to view a breakdown of how and when their connection is restricted.

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Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.