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Brits Mull Broadband Bris

10:55 AM -- Displaying all the technical savvy of a middle-aged Luddite from the 1990s, the British government has proposed a scheme that could result in U.K. users who illicitly share content having their broadband connections effectively cut off.

Check out this Guardian article for more details.

The idea is so unworkable that it was even left out of the recent "Digital Britain" report, which was disappointing enough in its own right. (See Britain's Broadband Tax and Digital Britain Disappoints.)

That hasn't stopped the U.K. government, though, which appears (not for the first time) to be bowing to the pressure of its favorite industrial friends.

The idea, though, as this follow-up story in the Guardian shows, has come in for immediate criticism, with some suggesting it might even be illegal.

A similar idea was mooted in France recently, but dismissed as unconstitutional.

ISPs, including BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED), have registered their dismay at the idea. See this Daily Telegraph story for more.

Now, I wonder who's got the latest Harry Potter movie to hand...

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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