Proposed European law may decimate broadband users
An amendment has been proposed to new legislation covering broadband services across Europe. This amendment takes the French three strikes and your broadband connection is no more policy and potentially makes it law across the whole EU. The Register looks at new proposal in its usual style.
To police such a law it would effectively turn broadband providers into Internet police, and require a great deal of resources to manage all the aspects involved. Most worrying is that if providers simply take as gospel complaints from a copyright holder, mistakes in things like timezones on various computers could lead to the wrong people having their connection ceased.
The reality is that those who are the most prolific at breaking the existing copyright laws, will probably be those creating bootleg DVDs and thus will simply find other ways of obtaining their material.
We talk of the worries of a digital divide in the UK, ceasing broadband connections could create a new divide, with a sub-class unable to access online services. A year of no Internet connection could have serious a impact on the ability for young people to do school work or apply for college places, not to mention the affects on other members of the household. For people who work from home, it may bring a return to the daily commute, and lots of probing questions at work.
Perhaps the future of the Internet is a series of walled gardens with just a few content providers providing the content, rather than the current system that allows almost anyone to publish what they wish.