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Legislation that includes plans to develop improved broadband services across the UK has been described as "interesting and controversial".

Pete Wishart MP, Secretary at the All-Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group, has claimed that the new bill is "perhaps the most significant piece of legislation that we've had since the digital age started coming our way".

As well as including plans for improved broadband provision, the bill's more debatable issue is the proposal to disconnect web users that are found to regularly download files illegally.

Mr Wishart suggested at the Westminster eForum and Media Forum keynote seminar the Future of Content Online that it is such issues which will play a major part in how people use the web in the future.

"The decisions that will be thusly made in the House of Lords and subsequently when we get hold of it in the House of Commons will go a long way to determining the online environment and possibly shape the way that the online environment will be pulled in the next-generation," he added.

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