Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is a select committee of the House of Lords to consider communications

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Media Convergence, 2013

Published ahead of the Communications Bill, it recommends that TV-like internet services such as YouTube and Netflix be invited to comply with standards (similar to the Broadcast Code).

204. Ofcom should investigate the option of non-broadcast providers of TV-like services, such as Netflix and the content providers mentioned in Box 1, being invited to comply with an appropriate set of standards (the Broadcasting Code suitably amended for their environment) in return for some form of public recognition or kitemark. (Para 53)
211. We urge the Government to ensure that cooperation on the regulation of converging media content, such as the category of TV and TV-like material, is included as part of the discussions between the EU and the US about the establishment of a free trade agreement. (Para 94)
221. Specifically, Ofcom should be required, in dialogue with UK citizens and key industry players, to establish and publish on a regular basis the UK public's expectations of major digital intermediaries such as ISPs and other digital gateways, specifically with regard to protecting UK audiences and their families when accessing content through digital intermediaries' services, covering for example:
  • The scope of their responsibilities (given they are not always in direct control of the content to which they provide access);
  • Appropriate processes for receiving complaints and subsequent redress;
  • Any specific measures, such as access controls, content classification systems, or other actions which the UK public might expect them to take in protecting children from harmful material. (Para 141)

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