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Proposals to make internet service providers (ISPs) responsible for cutting off users suspected of filesharing have been criticised by a broadband provider.

According to EntaNet, the move could lead to many innocent broadband users being wrongly switched off from the internet because of the lack of precision with which filesharers are currently identified.

Darren Farnden, Marketing Manager at the ISP, pointed to the fact that consumer vanguard Which? magazine is planning to call on the government to ensure that proper methods are put in place to properly identify people sharing files illegally.

He noted that tracking IP addresses which appear to be downloading large amounts of material and preventing them from having broadband access would be "unfair and inadequate".

"Yet that is exactly what the government is planning to do at present," Mr Farnden added.

"Ultimately, in our view, fighting the battle this way will result in it being lost. What's needed is a total re-think of how digital rights are managed and controlled by the entertainment industry."

Recently, the Guardian reported that cutting the broadband connections of people suspected of filesharing could put an end to the innovative new business models that content providers are beginning to adopt.

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