Digital Economy Act delayed until at least 2014

26 Apr 2012

The controversial Digital Economy Act, introduced during the last days of the then Labour government in 2010, has again been delayed and is now unlikely to be enforced until at least 2014.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed to the BBC that measures proposed under the Act – such as sending letters to suspected illegal downloaders and potential disconnection from the internet –  will not be implemented for another two years.

The delay was welcomed by the Internet Service Providers' Association.

Ever since it was introduced, the Act has been mired in controversy, with legal challenges by the ISPs who argued it would be unfair to expect them to police user behaviour on the internet.

Last month BT and TalkTalk failed in a bid to have the Act overturned.

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The Act would be unfair, unworkable, and unenforceable, because it is impossible to stop or monitor a home user from getting internet access by wireless means, and anonomously. Its another example of the U.K becoming a big brother nanny state.

Anyone can get pay as you go mobile internet, and with 4G becoming a reality soon, the speeds will be as good or better than the average home broadband connections.

If a user unfairly had their home broadband internet connection stopped by their ISP, then they would just sign up to another ISP, or use wireless mobile internet access.