MP moves to repeal broadband legislation

Wednesday, June 30th 2010
An MP is seeking to change broadband rules.
MP moves to repeal broadband legislation
Changes to the way broadband providers operate that were introduced in the last parliament may be scrapped, it has been announced.

Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge Julian Huppert has tabled an Early Day Motion - a method by which back-bench MPs can initiate legislation - calling on parliament to repeal aspects of the controversial Digital Economy Act.

He wants to see sections nine to 18 removed from the statute books, claiming that "these sections have large repercussions for consumers, civil liberties, freedom of information and access to the internet".

The Digital Economy Act has been criticised for going too far in changing the way internet service providers operate and has been the subject of the wrath of many home broadband firms.

The Internet Service Providers' Association Awards nominations list is dominated by those who have opposed the legislation in the heroes category, while those up for the villains award are individuals and organisations which have backed the act.

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