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UK: Proposals to Charge 20 To Help Fight Piracy

12:57 pm on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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UK: Proposals to Charge 20 To Help Fight Piracy [technology.timesonline.co.uk]
An additional charge for broadband use will be proposed by ministers today as part of a plan to stamp out music and film piracy. The agency would act as a broker between music and film companies and internet service providers (ISPs). It would provide data about serial copyright-breakers to music and film companies if they obtained a court order. It would be paid for by a levy on ISPs, who inevitably would pass the cost on to consumers.

The 20 sounds just like a tax, to me.

The article goes on to talk about the initiative to extend the UK's broadband coverage and raise quality in the Digital Britian Green Paper.

Every UK home to get broadband [business.timesonline.co.uk]

Every home from Oxford to the Orkneys will be entitled to have a 2 megabit broadband service under proposals to be announced by ministers this lunchtime.