UK Media Watchdog to Extend Remit to Internet?

05 May 2005

Britain's media and telecoms supra-regulator Ofcom could find itself responsible for policing internet content - a chore its has consistently claimed it does not want.

According to vague, unattributed reports in UK daily newspaper The Guardian, there are "proposals being discussed in Brussels" to that end.

The nameless ones are allegedly mulling a scheme that would see the European Union's numerous national regulators extend to the internet their monitoring of TV and radio programmes for 'taste and decency' transgressions.

Ofcom is less than enthusiastic at the prospect, reports The Guardian, believing that such oversight could impede innovation in the burgeoning broadband sector.

In any event, it is difficult to see how any nation - or conglomerate of nations such as the EU - could police a global medium such as the web. Not least because content owners are in many cases well beyond the legislative reach of Ofcom, the European Commission, the FCC ... and St Peter himself!

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