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A leading UK broadband provider has reiterated its opposition to the government's plans to tackle illegal filesharing.

TalkTalk has claimed that the proposal, which would allow broadband providers to disconnect persistent offenders, will not work as it is "wrong in principle".

In addition, the company stated the plan will lead many filesharers to use underhand ways to gain access to the internet and continue with the habit.

"We know this approach will lead to wrongful accusations," the provider outlined in a statement.

"The unintended consequence of Lord Mandelson's plan will be to encourage more Wi-Fi and PC hi-jacking and expose more innocent people to being penalised."

Recent research carried out by TalkTalk suggested that up to seven million homes and businesses could be vulnerable to such activities.

The study was the inspiration of the company's new Don't Disconnect Us campaign, which is based around a website that offers three principal objections to the government's plans.

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