Digital Economy Bill: Update
The Digital Economy Bill was debated for some hours in the House of Commons yesterday until quite late into the evening. A coalition of MPs ranging from Tom Watson from the Labour Party to John Redwood from the Conservatives challenged the front benches of the three main parties to drop plans to implement content blocking or other 'technical measures' to deal with connections which are found to be used for unlawful downloading of copyrighted content.
The bill completed its second reading and will proceed to the report stage today and it is expected to be passed into law prior to the dissolution of the parliament, as part of wash-up negotiations between the front benches.
Yesterday evening, rumours were circulating that the government would be dropping plans for its 'broadband tax', a 50 pence per month levy on phone lines, which forms part of the Finance Bill, in order to seek opposition support.