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TalkTalk told govt has no plans to scrap DEA

Monday, January 10th 2011 by Cable.co.uk

The coalition is not looking to repeal the controversial act.

The government has again said it has no plans to repeal the Digital Economy Act (DEA), despite complaints from BT and TalkTalk.

These two broadband providers have been granted the right to a judicial review of the piece of legislation, with each insisting it infringes the basic rights and freedoms of internet users in the way it seeks to clamp down on illegal filesharing.

But despite this, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition is not looking to scrap the act, which was passed in the final few days of the Labour government, reports the Independent.

A spokesman from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said: "The government believes the DEA is consistent with EU legislation and contains sufficient safeguards to protect the rights of consumers and internet service providers."

TalkTalk's strategy and regulation chief Andrew Heaney has argued the act is "disproportionate", although he has insisted the company is not opposed to the battle against illegal filesharing.

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