Keeping children safe top priority for network firm

Joseph Bulmer

Award-winning Network Operator and Internet Service Provider Jurassic Fibre Limited have joined the Internet Watch Foundation as Members.

It enables them to further enhance the security of their services, demonstrating how serious Jurassic Fibre are in protecting their customers, especially children, to keep them safe online.

JFL, based in the south west, is a new alternative fibre-optic network. As similar networks are rolled out across the UK, implementing IWF tools and services to block access to child sexual abuse material is essential.

Their mission is to give local communities and businesses the ultrafast fibre broadband that is already available to thousands across the UK. Their objective is to make gigabit enabled broadband available to 360,000 homes and businesses in this region. JFL joins the growing network of organisations fighting against online child sexual abuse material.

Michael Maltby, Chief Executive and Founder of Jurassic Fibre Limited, said: “Social responsibility underpins all of our values here at Jurassic Fibre, and one of our key priorities as an internet service provider is protecting and safeguarding our customers and employees online.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Internet Watch Foundation, which is taking the essential action required to tackle online criminal content and ensure that the internet is a safe place for all.”

Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive of the IWF, said: “IWF services and tools provided to the tech sector are ever more essential as we continue to adapt to the technological advances in telecommunications.

“We’re seeing how more alternative fibre-optic networks are putting online safety at their heart and using blocking lists to protect their customers and the communities they serve. It is very encouraging that Jurassic Fibre is taking the lead in the south west in recognising the part they play in keeping the internet safer and working with the IWF to prevent access to criminal child sexual abuse material online."

Jurassic Fibre already applies IWF’s dynamic URL blocking list to its filtering of webpages where images and videos of confirmed child sexual abuse has been identified, so these pages cannot be accessed during the process of reporting and taking them down.