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Virgin chief executive claims UK has no need for net neutrality laws

V3 - The UK has no need for net neutrality legislation as the broadband market is competitive enough to ensure that consumers have access to multiple companies offering different services, according to the chief executive of Virgin Media.

Neil Berkett said at the annual Intellect Conference on Tuesday that the US had been forced to protect net neutrality "to the nth degree" because of the lack of competition, but that the UK market gives consumers far more choice in broadband suppliers.

"Because of [local loop unbundling] you have a dynamic marketplace and multiple levels of competition, whereas in the US there is rarely an overbuilt market. It's usually just AT&T and a cable operator and that's about it," he said.