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Digital Britain Bill

Posted by malcolm on Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 23:48

The government has announced the Bill for Digital Britain, legislation to:

  • create a fund to support rollout of broadband in areas where it is not available;
  • fight people who file-share in breach of copyright by:
    • making it part of Ofcom’s statutory duty to reduce copyright infringement, as opposed to just work for the interests of citizens and consumers, as now;
    • requiring ISPs to send warning letters to people accused of filesharing by certain copyright holders;
    • requiring ISPs to count up how many times people have been warned, so that the courts can order the ISP to release personal data on people with multiple warnings to copyright holders
  • give Ofcom a statutory duty to promote investment in infrastructure, not just competition as now;
  • require Ofcom to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the UK’s communications infrastructure every two years.

This will be called the Digital Economy Bill.

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