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Digital Economy Act delayed until at least 2014

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 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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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.