About Public Affairs

LINX Public Affairs exists to obtain advance warning of public policy developments that could affect LINX members and the Internet community as a whole; to inform our members about important policy developments at a time when it is still possible to influence them; and to educate, inform and influence regulators and legislators.

Public Affairs Mission

There are four elements to the Public Affairs mission

  • To monitor developments in relative policy areas
  • To inform members
  • To educate decision-makers on public policy, and others with influence over public policy decisions
  • To persuade policy makers to adopt decisions consist with our members’ interests

Public Affairs geographies

LINX’s Public Affairs activities are organised according to three geographical categories:

  • UK domestic. LINX is incorporated in the UK and subject to UK law, so the UK is our home jurisdiction. We recognise that many of our members also have business elsewhere, and a considerable number have only very tenuous connection to the UK, but all members share an interest in the UK being a good place for network operators to do business, at least to the extent of supporting interconnection and peering.
  • European Union.  The UK technically left the European Union in January 2020, although it remains subject to EU law under “transition arrangements” through 2020. Once Brexit is complete, the UK will be free to legislate in ways that may deviate from EU law, but the EU will still remain an extremely important influence on UK public policy, and the most important foreign influence. LINX members benefit from our ability to influence EU policy through our partners at EuroISPA in three ways:
    • because of the indirect effect this has on influencing UK policy;
    • by mitigating unnecessary and undesirable divergence at the EU end (in tandem with equivalent efforts at the UK end), and
    • because LINX members have a direct interest in the regulatory environment in the EU, either as an important foreign market for them or, in the case of many LINX members, as their home market.
  • Global. LINX also engages with certain environments for the development of relevant policy that have global scope, particularly in the area of global Internet governance. This includes the technical management organisations of the Internet technical community known as the “I* institutions”: the Internet Society, the Regional Internet Registries, ICANN and the IETF. On occasion, LINX engages directly or indirectly with international intergovernmental institutions that develop global policy or the precursors of policy, such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, and various UN institutions, as appropriate to the topic and subject to LINX’s practical capacity to make an impact.

Why public policy matters to your business

Internet Service Providers operate in a complex and uncertain regulatory environment. New domestic laws, EU directives and international treaties can make or break Internet business models. For your network to thrive, it is not enough to merely adapt to change – you need to be sure that the regulatory environment continues to support Internet innovation.

How LINX can help

As the UK’s largest association of network operators, LINX is uniquely well-placed to help you achieve your policy goals. Drawing upon the collective expertise of our 750+ members, we work to educate, inform and influence politicians and public servants on behalf of ISPs and network operators.

Our Public Affairs department can provide your business with a number of benefits, including:

Lobbying

We work closely with policymakers and regulators in the UK, Europe and internationally to promote effective policies that support self-regulation, investment and innovation.

Regulatory awareness

Through briefings, presentations and blog articles, we can help you keep up with policy developments that could affect your business.

Accountability

LINX is mutually owned and controlled by its members. Everything we do is aimed at promoting the interests of current and future members, and is subject to their approval. Regular member meetings, board-elections and consultations give members the opportunity to directly shape our policies.

Partnership

By working collaboratively with your company’s existing public policy team, we can send an even stronger message to government.