Broadband provider Entanet, which has been in the news quite a lot these days, has made the headlines once again saying that the government’s legislation would “penalise” ISPs for merely doing their job.
The talks are about the Digital Economy Act (2010), which sees tackling “illegal” downloads as well as copyright infringement equal to making both the Rights Holders (75 per cent) and ISPs (25 per cent) pay up.
However, Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing at Entanet, shared his strong opinion on the company’s blog:
“The government’s requirements penalise us for simply providing a service. As we have said many times before, ISPs are conduits of information, not the owners and certainly not the Internet police.
“In our opinion, rights holders should concentrate on how they need to adjust their business models to more effectively use the Internet for commercial gain, at the same time considering the steps they need to take to protect their assets.
“Perhaps Vaizey thinks it’s the satisfaction of knowing we’ve helped make the world a better place. Wake up! It’s getting tougher to succeed in our economy as it is!
“The last thing ISPs need to be told is they now have to be penalised for providing access to the Internet, especially at a time when the government wants ‘the market’ to bring faster access to everyone in the next few years.”
Mr Farnden voiced his views shortly after independent barrister Francis Davey shared his opinion on the issue, as reported here.