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Digital Britain

Britain has traditionally been  influential in European policy for telecoms and online content. It is not as loud as France, but in a quieter way, lets its views be known. British  policy was the point from which the EU has taken  its lead, notably in trying to establish a competitive telecoms market, where  the British influence on telecoms policy has been markedly  evident. Britain's competitive telecoms policy was established in the 1980s and 1990s, and has subsequently been implemented by successive governments. Britain now arguably has the most competitive telecoms market globally. It risks losing this influence if we leave the EU.

The current Conservative government has set a policy goal for universal broadband access. However, the structures that govern the industry are problemative for achieving this goal. This makes for some interesting policy analysis.

The government also supports a policy of content filtering, which is problematic.  Content filtering  is contradictory to the government's  aim of leading the world in digital and creating a new industrial strategy.

This section primarily  discusses a previous  policy attempt to amend telecoms law for copyright enforcement in Britain. This was  the Digital Economy Act which was forced through in the dying hours of the last Parliament in May 2010.   These measures  involved the use of network technology against the users, with  implications for the neutrality of the network, and the neutral ‘mere conduit’ status of the network provider. In 2016,  this law has not been implemented, and  from what can be ascertained it is deemed to be unworkable.

If you like the articles in this section, you may like my book The Closing of the Net.

If you are interested in the Digital Economy Act and copyright enforcement policy, you may like my previous books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

Criminal law is providing  fresh ammunition for British  rights-holders,  despairing of ever seeing the civil  law – in the form of  the Digital Economy Act copyright infringement measures -  ever being implemented. In this  latest phase of their battle against peer-to-peer file-sharers, British rights-holders are enlisting law enforcement officers to pursue owners of file-sharing  sites.   This development is of interest in light of  the ACTA debate in the European Union, where  the prospect of imposing criminal measures  for alleged online infringements was widely scrutinised.

Read more: UK rights-holders turn to criminal law in new anti-filesharing purge

It is now obvious that the implementation of the copyright infringement measures in the   UK’s Digital Economy Act has been delayed. But it seems that the rights-holders are becoming impatient. The question is whether their impatience will get them what they want.

Read more: DE Act delays prompt fresh ‘voluntary’ talks

Ofcom, Britain’s industry-cuddly communications  regulator, is likely to find that its plans for implementing the copyright '3 strikes' scheme in the Digital Economy Act will back-fire sooner rather than later.  Two of Britain’s largest ISPs have indicated that they cannot meet the timetable set out by Ofcom, and, what’s more, they want cash upfront to do it.

Read more: DE Act Costs Order: has Ofcom lost its sense of timing?

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