British Telecom and Google oppose clauses in UK's Digital Economy Bill

Google and the UK telecom operator British Telecom (BT) are opposing certain clauses in the UK's Dig

The Bill addresses digital communications infrastructure, cyber security, and peer-to-peer file sharing. It calls for changes in radio licensing regime, action against unlawful peer-to-peer file sharing and for an update in the regulation of copyright licensing.

The government has been pressing on these clauses. It has plans to make broadband access available to every home by 2012.

BT has warned that it will take legal action if the government goes ahead with the liberalisation of mobile phone spectrum. The Bill proposes provisions for online infringement of copyright, licensing of copyright, performers' rights, penalties for infringement, internet domain registries and regulation of television and radio services.

Google, along with Yahoo, Facebook and eBay, has asked the UK government to drop a proposal that would allow the secretary of state to introduce new changes to copyright law under the Bill. The Bill is a comprehensive package of legislation including a requirement for ISPs to track illegal file sharing and possibly suspend the accounts of repeat offenders.