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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Mini update on Digital Economy Act progress

A source told me the planned announcement on the Digital Economy Act, dubbed by one minister as the reboot, could be delayed until after the summer recess.  The current session of parliament closes on Tuesday, so it sounded feasible.

This was quickly rebuffed by a DCMS official, who told me this evening:
The Government will set out the next steps for implementation of the Digital Economy Act shortly.
Essentially I expect this to be an announcement that the Initial Obligations Code and Cost Sharing Order, two Statutory Instruments needed before the UK's 3-strikes law comes into force, have been sent to the European Commission as part a procedure required under the Technical Standards Directive for changes in the law by EU member states which affect telecommunications providers.

No word on whether these documents will be published at this time, however I was previously assured by a source within DCMS that they would be.


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