ISPs condemn 'misconceived' filesharing plans
Several broadband providers have teamed up to condemn the government's plans to tackle filesharing in an open letter.Three of the UK's leading internet service providers have described the government's efforts to tackle filesharing as "misconceived".
In an open letter published by the Times, Orange, TalkTalk and BT have united with the Open Rights Group, Consumer Focus and Which? to condemn the plans, claiming that experiences in other countries have shown it could lead to "significant consumer resistance".
The bodies also claimed that any new policies should be considered "carefully" and underpinned by Ofcom assessment, while any penalty should be proportionate.
"Disconnecting users from the internet would place serious limits on their freedom of expression. Usually constraints to freedom of expression are only imposed as the result of custodial sentences, or incitement to racial hatred, or libel," the letter added.
Last month, Virgin Media claimed that "persuasion not coercion" was the way forward to tackle filesharing.
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