UK company sticks boot into Digital Economy Bill

With organisations such as FAST (Federation Against Software Theft) delighted about the rushed through Digital Economy Bill and the Cloud Industry Forum meekly toeing the line saying that it’s “better than nothing,” it’s nice to see some UK enterprise sticking the boot in.

Connectivity outfit Entanet has been quick to release a statement slating the controversial bill, saying that it is hugely disappointed that the “ill-thought-out” bill was passed through without so much as a spot of consultation from ISPs, industry bodies and other interested parties.

Darren Farnden, Marketing Man at Entanet, has said in a statement: “[The bill]  It hasn’t enabled the affected parties’ or MPs’ views to be considered and, yet again, demonstrates how political parties are using controversial issues such as copyright infringement to play a political game prior to the election. It’s our view that several aspects of this Bill will be severely detrimental to the Internet industry, the Internet itself, the public and the UK as a whole.

“The use of IP tracking isn’t an accurate way of tracking down copyright infringers; guilty until proven innocent is still the wrong approach; disconnection and throttling is not a proportionate ‘punishment’; and website blocking is not the answer. The list goes on.”

The bill has generated a lot of controversy, with major players in digital such as Facebook, Virgin Media, Google UK, Talk Talk, Consumer Focus, BT, eBay and the Internet Services Providers Association all signing an open letter last month to the Financial Times about the detrimental qualities of the bill.

Our democratic Government responded in kind by ignoring the letter, just as many MPs have been ignoring their concerned constituents on the matter. Unfortunately, it goes to show that perhaps even with dedicated consultation, the bill would have been rushed through regardless.

Entanet’s opinion of the whole debacle can be found on its bog, here.