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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’

Will the Digital Economy Act copyright measures be in place by 2014?

That is the current plan of the industry-friendly UK telecoms regulator Ofcom. In its consultation issued , Ofcom is proposing a tight schedule to get the measures in place. From what can be seen, the schedule relies on a smooth path through the various approvals that have to be given before Ofcom can give industry the go-ahead. That means that the European Commission will have to give the measures the all-clear by late November, and Parliament itself will have to

Read more: Ofcom's DE Act 2014 plan requires compliant Parliament

Jeremy Hunt's Department for Culture, Media and Sport, not to mention the Olympics, (DCMS) has been rapped over the knuckles by a Parliamentary committee. The reason for the ticking off is a costs order for the 3-strikes measures in the Digital Economy Act. MPs believe that DCMS should have held the Order until after a consultation being run by Ofcom. Moreover, their report implies that DCMS should have got its act together properly before drawing up the Order in the first place.

Read more: Did Ministry breach procedure in DE Act costs order?

Ofcom’s decision to release 3-strikes measures before the European vote must be a political tactic, but is it a political blunder? How tightly are the rights-holders gripping the telecoms regulator.

 The British telecoms regulator Ofcom has today announced a draft of  3-strikes measures, just one week ahead of the European Parliament’s anticipated rejection of ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement). The announcement came  on the midnight news,  and is on Ofcom’s website this morning. It was tipped to come before the summer, but pundits had expected the Ofcom would wait until after the European Parliament vote. The timing does look like

Read more: Britain goes ahead with 3-strikes in face of EU ‘no’ vote on ACTA

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