We find ourselves stunned by such rational and common sense.
It’s not often an ISP warms the cockles of your heart…
This week that rare joy comes after words of great sense spoken by TalkTalk, the landline and broadband company from the Carphone Warehouse.
Delivering a much needed slap to both the British Government and Virgin Media is Charles Dunstone, Carphone Warehouse & TalkTalk CEO, who has publicly slammed the ‘three strike’ system proposed for ISPs to police their customers’ use of illegal download software.
“Our position is very clear, we are the conduit that gives users access to the Internet, we do not control the Internet nor do we control what our users do on the Internet,” proclaimed our current favourite person. “I cannot foresee any circumstances in which we would voluntarily disconnect a customer’s account on the basis of a third party alleging a wrong doing. We believe that a fundamental part of our role as an ISP is to protect the rights of our users to use the Internet as they choose. We will fight any challenge to the sanctity of this relationship with every legal option available to us.”
He continued, “The music industry has consistently failed to adapt to changes in technology and now seeks to foist their problems on someone else. Rather than threatening us, the BPI’s time would be better spent facing up to the reality of our times and adapting its business model accordingly.”
Dunstone then explained that TalkTalk has written to the BPI saying it will never voluntarily adopt such a policing scheme and will back its customers’ freedom in court if needs be.
We salute you Mr Dunstone. Now if only your broadband didn’t suck…