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Government plans to tackle illegal filesharing have been criticised by the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA).

Commenting on the digital economy bill, the broadband industry organisation has claimed that its members are "extremely concerned" over some of the contents of the legislation.

The ISPA has stated that a principal worry is that proposals include too much control for the Secretary of State, such as his ability to make recommendations on costs or impose sanctions on broadband providers.

Nicholas Lansman, the secretary-general of the body, said the fast-tracked legislation would "do little to address the underlying problem".

He added: "The government should be asking rightsholders to reform the licensing framework so that legal content can be distributed online to consumers in a way that they are clearly demanding."

The proposals have been particularly criticised by broadband provider TalkTalk.

According to the organisation, it is set to continue its fight against the "draconian" legislation as it makes its way through parliament.

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